Encryption and Tokenization



Encryption is the strongest protection for card data when it’s in transit. Encryption protects the card data from fraudsters as it travels across various systems and networks until it is decrypted at Elavon’s secure data center. Encryption is ideally suited for any businesses that process card transactions in a face to face or card present environment.

Elavon’s encryption solution features format-preserving encryption, which minimizes or completely eliminates common POS system or message format errors.



Tokenization protects card data when it’s in use and at rest. It converts or replaces cardholder data with a unique token ID to be used for subsequent transactions. This eliminates the possibility of having card data stolen because the actual card data is not stored on your system. Tokens can be used in card not present environments such as e-commerce and mail order/telephone order (MOTO), or in conjunction with encryption in card present environments.

Tokens can reside on your POS/PMS or within your e-commerce infrastructure (at rest) and can be used to make adjustments, add new charges, make reservations, perform recurring transactions, or perform other transactions (in use) without the risk of storing card data.



92% of cardholder data breaches occur in small businesses locations1 each year. The cost of a single data breach to a small business average of $100,0002 . Are you doing all you can to protect your bottom line and reputation?

Why does your business need to be PCI Compliant?

While there are many aspects to data security, protecting your business from a data breach all starts with a good foundation. And the standards outlined in the PCI process are practical, tangible processes every business must put into place to reduce their vulnerability.

Businesses that complete the PCI compliance process not only have taken the first steps towards guarding against a costly breach, but also avoid non-compliance fines for forensic investigations, fraudulent purchases, and the cost of re-issuing cards in the case of breach.

How can Elavon help with PCI Compliance?

We recognize that tackling data security can seem overwhelming, so we’ve built Elavon’s PCI Compliance Manager, a user-friendly online tool that helps you report and maintain compliance with the PCI DSS.

Our PCI Compliance Manager streamlines the PCI certification process, and offers these benefits:

  • Financial protection: Elavon’s PCI program provides up to $100,000 of data breach protection per Customer ID number if you are enrolled in Elavon’s program and have certified your PCI compliance.
  • Tools: The online portal takes you step-by-step through the PCI compliance process, including assistance with the PCI Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) and vulnerability scanning (if applicable).
  • Education: Access to valuable tips and information that make it easy to understand how you can safeguard your business.
  • Support: Access to Elavon’s PCI professionals when you need it. We have answers to your PCI questions through online help, email, and phone.

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