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SageNet Presents EMV-Ready Certified MNSP Services for C-stores

September 26, 2019

TULSA, Okla.  – SageNet, a Tulsa-based managed network services and cybersecurity solutions provider, has become one of a handful of Managed Network Service Providers (MNSP) certified by both of the C-store industry’s leading secure electronic payment solutions partners. SageNet experts will be on hand to discuss the company’s SageZONE™ MNSP services in booth #3671 at this year’s NACS show Oct. 1-4 in Atlanta.

For C-store operators using Verifone’s Commander or Gilbarco’s Passport Point-of-Sale (PoS) systems, the certifications ensure PCI-compliant remote PCI zone access from the PoS firms’ help desks as well as remote software upgrades and patches. In addition, SageNet’s SageZONE MNSP services are crucial to support the transition to  fuel dispensers capable of accepting EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) chip card payments.

The card brands have established Oct. 1, 2020, as the deadline for merchants to deploy chip card readers at all automated fuel dispensers. After that date, C-store operators may be liable for fraudulent transactions at pumps not upgraded to accept EMV chip transactions. According to Visa, the payment card industry has reported a 43 percent reduction of counterfeit fraud at chip-enabled merchants.

SageNet’s SageZONE MNSP offerings for VeriFone and Gilbarco provide PCI-compliant zone access and streamline outdoor EMV deployment. The SageZONE MNSP services provide advanced managed firewall with Unified Threat Management (UTM), managed switch, managed network services, maintenance and 24/7 support from SageNet’s three U.S.-based Network Operations Centers (NOCs).

Conversion from traditional card readers to chip-enabled systems can be a daunting process for C-store operators, according to Scott Cheek, SageNet’s Vice President of Sales.

“There are two pressing concerns at play,” explained Cheek. “Immediately, C-stores must contract the services of a certified MNSP or else they’ll lose the ability to receive remote support for their point-of-sale systems. And by October 2020, C-stores must also have implemented EMV at the pump or incur the liability for any fraudulent transactions. Our job is to make the implementation as smooth as possible.”

Cheek has a special appreciation for the challenges faced by C-store operators. Prior to joining SageNet, he was director of retail technology for a major petro-marketing company, where he had oversight of 6,800 locations across 29 states.

“Operating today’s connectivity-driven C-store is all about making the customer experience as frictionless as possible. Customers expect convenience, value and security, and connectivity is the enabling force. Our SageZONE services deliver the technology that helps ensure customers’ check-out experience is fast, reliable and secure, whether they are at the counter or at the pump,” said Cheek.

In addition to its SageZONE services, SageNet has more than 30 years of experience providing a broad range of managed network services to large enterprises, from primary and backup networks, wireless solutions, digital signage and PCI compliance to customized networking technology solutions – all optimized to meet the needs of multi-site operations.

About SageNet

SageNet is passionate about trusted connections. The company believes that by creating, discovering and nurturing trusted connections with its customers, associates and community, SageNet enhances the world that connects us all.

As a leader in managed network and cybersecurity services, SageNet connects, manages and protects technologies and devices across the enterprise. SageNet’s collaborative approach provides peace of mind and systems-confidence that empowers an organization to focus on its core mission.

The company offers world-class service and support via its three US-based 24/7 Network Operations Centers (NOCs) and Security Operations Centers (SOCs), geographically-diverse teleports, a central National Logistics Center, multiple data centers, and a nationwide field service organization.

With a three-decade track record in managed services, SageNet boasts a long-term customer base that includes the nation’s largest retail, healthcare, financial, utilities and energy organizations. SageNet manages communications at more than 220,000 endpoints. Headquartered in Tulsa, SageNet has regional offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia.

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