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Clark Brands Improves Cybersecurity

Chain builds on protections from ControlScan
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LISLE, Ill. — Clark Brands is deepening its partnership with security provider ControlScan, integrating managed firewall and Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance services across its affiliated locations.

Clark Brands licenses both the Clark and Crown gasoline brands and is a petroleum payment processing tool for more than 900 independent petroleum marketers and retailers in 32 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The chain is based in Lisle, Ill.

“The independent business model we support allows for flexibility in many ways,” said Stacey Yimet, CEO of Clark Brands. “Expanding our partnership with ControlScan helps mitigate cybersecurity risk by presenting a unified security and compliance solution that is easy and cost-effective to implement.”

The ControlScan PaySafe Unified Threat Management Firewall service and the PCI 1-2-3 managed compliance program work together to ensure that the retailer’s IT network is protected from the latest cyberthreats and that payment card data is handled in accordance with the PCI Data Security Standard. This is especially critical for fuel retailers because most locations have a retail store and a forecourt where payments are accepted.

“Fuel retailers’ IT networks present a unique challenge,” said Mark Carl, CEO of ControlScan. “The demands for speed, customer convenience and cybersecurity are converging, and these demands must be met wherever the customer is on site.”

With headquarters in Atlanta, ControlScan is a globally connected security provider operating through a worldwide network of customers, partners and strategic alliances.

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