Nuspire Partners with Cardinal Health to Protect Retail Locations

Cardinal Health has introduced a new service to support its retail pharmacy sites and improve the security of credit card transactions and protect their technology systems from other digital security threats.

Affecting more than 11 million Americans each year1, credit card and identity theft are among the fastest growing crimes in the United States. Unfortunately, many small businesses in particular, are unknowingly putting their customers at risk for contributing to this growing statistic.

The PCI Security Standards Council
(a consortium of global payment companies including American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa, Inc.) reports that more than 80 percent of digital security threats now target small merchants because relatively few small businesses have strong digital security protection1.

Data thieves can obtain consumer credit card information from retailers’ payment card readers, payment systems databases and other systems, and can use that data to impersonate the cardholder, use the card, and steal the cardholder’s identity.

To protect consumers against these security threats, the PCI Security Standards Council now requires all businesses, regardless of their size, to meet its comprehensive list of security standards to protect against consumers and businesses alike from digital security threats. Businesses, including independent retail pharmacies, who don’t comply with PCI Security Standards, face significant financial and reputational risks. Penalties for non-compliance vary by payment card company, but can include fines and being held financially liable for fraud-related losses caused by identity theft.

Through the new “PCI Assist Program”, Cardinal Health can now help its independent retail pharmacy customers comply with PCI Security Standards and protect their card readers, point-of-sale systems, networks, routers, payment card data storage and transmission systems against harmful security breaches that can damage consumer credit, store sales and store credibility.

Cardinal Health’s PCI Assist services are delivered by Nuspire Networks, a managed security services provider that specializes in developing and implementing digital security hardware, software, services and support.

Nuspire Networks has been accredited by the PCI Security Standards Council as a Qualified Security Assessor – and works one-on-one with small businesses to assess how well their security systems protect sensitive consumer payment card information.

With Nuspire Networks, Cardinal Health’s new PCI Assist program provides services for Cardinal retail pharmacies which replace their existing network routers with a unified threat management (UTM) system. This UTM includes a firewall, antivirus software, content filtering and spam filters to protect against intrusion attempts, viruses, phishing, data compromises and other threats. The implementation of this UTM system enables small businesses to comply with the PCI Digital Security Standard that requires businesses of all sizes to segregate their point-of-sale systems from the rest of their network and limit access from their point-of-sale systems to the internet.

“We know that protecting consumer privacy is very important to our independent pharmacy customers, but because most aren’t IT experts, it can be a challenge to keep up with these kinds of technology and security challenges,” said Steve Lawrence, senior vice president of retail independent sales for Cardinal Health. “By offering these comprehensive digital security services, our goal is to make it cost-efficient and easy for our customers to ensure that their systems are secure, and that their customers can trust them with sensitive payment card information.”

Cardinal Health customers interested in learning more about these services should contact their pharmacy business consultant or (800) 407-8055 Option #2.

About Cardinal Health
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $96 billion health care services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care. As the business behind health care, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices focus on patient care while reducing costs, improving efficiency and quality, and increasing profitability. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain, providing pharmaceuticals and medical products to more than 60,000 locations each day. The company is also a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In addition, the company supports the growing diagnostic industry by supplying medical products to clinical laboratories and operating the nation's largest network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ranked #17 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 30,000 people worldwide. More information about the company may be found at

12012 Identity Fraud Survey Report, Javelin Strategy Group