UniversityTickets has partnered with Bluefin Payment Systems to enhance security when making transactions through its box office ticketing platform.

UniversityTickets provides colleges and universities in the US with student information system integration, campus payment processing and a comprehensive permission management system.

It also caters to all campus ticketing operations, including athletics, commencement, student activity, and performing arts.

Under the agreement, Bluefin will provide the company with a Payment Card Industry (PCI)-validated point-to-point encryption (P2PE) solution directly through its platform, with no change to the transaction flow.

Bluefin’s solution secures credit and debit card transactions by encrypting all data within a point of entry device, preventing clear-text cardholder data from being available in the device or the merchant’s system where it could be exposed to malware.

Bluefin enables its encryption on partner platforms with its Decryptx Decryption as a Service (DaaS) product that allows gateways, applications and processors to connect to Bluefin.

“Our clients demand the best in payment security,” said Derek Mitchell, director of sales and marketing for UniversityTickets. “Together with Bluefin, we’re able to provide exactly that, regardless of their selected payment gateway, to our clients across the US and Canada.”

Greg Cornwell, senior vice president of security solutions for Bluefin, said: “Universities and colleges are a favourite of hackers because so many divisions on campus process payments, from the cafeteria, to the book store, to the health centre, to the box offices.

“UniversityTickets understands the importance of safeguarding payment information and has chosen the gold standard of encryption with our PCI-validated P2PE solution.

“Through Decryptx, they can offer the security of PCI P2PE without requiring their clients to change anything about their transaction flow. We are very excited they have chosen to partner with Bluefin to secure their clients’ payments.”