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GM Sectec and Visa promote the adoption of secure payment technologies and practices in Latin America

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico and MIAMI, June 18, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – GM Sectec, a global leader in cybersecurity, and Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments, have announced the development of a virtual initiative – following a series of successful roadshows in Latin America in 2019 – where they will work together, with the objective of evangelizing, educating and guiding companies in the adoption of secure payment technologies and practices, taking into consideration the moment that we are living in worldwide due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID-19 health crisis is putting the world at risk. The impact on businesses, markets and economies is already beginning to be felt, and in business ecosystems the demand for strong measures to ensure business continuity is fundamental.

At a global level, the changes and challenges that companies have faced include adapting to new tele-working scenarios, unknown until only about three months ago, have created unique opportunities on all ends of the digital divide. For many large corporations, this option has become the norm and many have chosen to adopt it permanently, at least for the rest of 2020.

As a result, the number of people making electronic payments has multiplied, as shown by the recent Visa study which presented that more than 13 million of its cardholders made an e-commerce transaction for the first time in the first quarter of 2020, in key markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. This means that two out of every 10 active e-commerce cardholders are “new to e-commerce,” representing up to 14 percent of all active Visa accounts in key markets during this period.

“Our intention in developing our GM Sectec & Visa ‘PaySec Talks’ on the heels of our successful ‘PaySec Day’ Events throughout Latin America in 2019; is to promote the adoption of secure payment technologies and practices in concert with our Strategic Partner, Visa. Offering organizations and individuals who are working from home, the opportunity to learn about the tools, tactics and procedures they have available today to prevent multi-vector fraud and identity theft is a critical objective for all of us here at GM Sectec.” said Héctor Guillermo Martínez, President of GM Sectec.

Through the “PaySec Talks”, which will be held throughout July, in three sessions – English, Spanish and Portuguese – GM Sectec and Visa will be sharing better strategies and practices on how to maintain the security of their customers’ information and data when conducting electronic transactions.

“We have seen a pivotal change in consumer shopping behaviors as a result of the pandemic, which has rapidly reinforced the multiple benefits of e-commerce and contactless payments, as consumers prioritize health, safety and hygiene both at home and when out shopping,” said Eduardo Perez, Chief Risk Officer for Visa Latina America and the Caribbean.  ”Now is the time for issuers, acquirers and businesses to invest in quickly implementing payment services that consumers will increasingly demand during and as we overcome this situation.”

for this reason, we want through the PaySec Talks, to educate companies in Latin America, where e-commerce is a growing alternative, to ensure the safety of their customers and their business.”

The “PaySec Talks” will be held on July 2nd, 16th and 30th, to participate you just have to register through the following link: https://events.gmsectec.com/visagmsectec

About GM Sectec

GM Sectec offers innovative solutions and services in cybersecurity, governance, and compliance focused on managing digital risk. Its solutions are designed to detect advanced attacks and respond to them effectively, reducing business risk, fraud, and cybercrime. Founded in 1970 as General Computer Corporation and later as GM Group in the 1990s, GM Sectec has an extensive track record and experience in the management of policies and integrated processes of technologies and standards for data protection in payment system risk.  Its commitment to the principles of simplicity, innovation and customer success has made them the leading and fastest growing provider of security and technology in Latin America and the Caribbean. GM Sectec has been selected as one of the “Hot 150 Cybersecurity Companies to watch in 2020″ by Cybercrime MagazineTo learn more about GM Security Technologies, visit our website: www.gmsectec.com

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of digital commerce on any device for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit  About Visavisa.com/blog and  @VisaNews.

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Mastercard Study Shows Consumers in LAC Make the Move to Contactless Payments

Consumers cite simplicity, cleanliness and speed through checkout experience as contactless payments booster

– Mastercard champions effort to raise limits for contactless payment transactions across Latin America & Caribbean

MIAMI, April 30, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – During first quarter of 2020, as many countries imposed necessary restrictions on social distancing, a growing number of consumers in Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) turned to contactless payments for necessary purchases, a new Mastercard study shows. According to the survey, 35% of people in the region have increased their usage of contactless payments, citing simplicity, safety and cleanliness.

Consumer polling by Mastercard paints a picture of accelerated and sustained contactless adoption. This shift in consumer behavior is particularly clear at checkout as people express a desire for contactless cards and concerns over cleanliness and safety at the point of sale, according to the study. In fact, findings of the study show that the impact of social distancing and other safety guidelines on consumer payment behavior is extensive:

  • 56% of Latin Americans said they are more aware of dirtiness of cash.
  • 84% of Latin Americans believe contactless is a cleaner way to pay.

1.        Mastercard’s own initiatives, along with the intelligence of its technology, data analytics and investments in security, will continue to propel a world beyond cash. Already, more than half of consumers around the world (63%) are using cash less often, or not at all, since the pandemic began. The same is true in LAC, where on average 66% of consumers are using cash less often, or not at all:

  • 77% of Brazilians indicated that they are using cash less, or not at all, since the pandemic.
  • 61% of Colombians indicated that they are using cash less, or not at all, since the pandemic.
  • 68% of Costa Ricans indicated that they are using cash less, or not at all, since the pandemic.
  • 58% Dominican Republicans indicated that they are using cash less, or not at all, since the pandemic.

2.       Consumers are quickly appreciating the benefits of contactless payments with 79% across LAC finding them more secure when compared to keeping or paying with cash. Additionally, regional consumer polling by Mastercard indicated sustained contactless usage with consumers preferring the quick and efficient checkout experience.

  • 78% of Latin Americans indicated they will continue using contactless payments even after the pandemic is over.
  • The belief was even stronger among those under the age of 35, where 82% of this population indicated continued use post-COVID.

“As we all experience the first global pandemic in an age defined by the digitalization of our lives, contactless card payments have taken on a new urgency. It has been both encouraging and gratifying to see our partners throughout the LAC region adopt the changes and acceleration of contactless. The technology is available, and it’s clear that the change we are witnessing in consumer behavior is here to stay,” said Walter Pimenta, Senior Vice President, Products & Innovation, Mastercard Latin America and Caribbean.

Accelerating faster, cleaner, safer payments
Throughout the world, Mastercard has been spearheading the transition to contactless for more than 15 years, championing it as the simple, safe and fast way to pay. As a region with countries where contactless technologies are a newer experience, LAC has seen a rapid increase in infrastructure, with 75% of point of sale terminals ready to accept contactless transactions, and 60% of financial institutions issuing contactless-enabled cards.

In March, Mastercard led a move to increase the contactless payment limits across the LAC region as people looked for safer ways to pay in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, four countries have already raised their contactless payment limits including, Colombia, Argentina, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, with many others expected to follow soon. The initiative is in line with similar actions taking place around the world as health officials recommend social distancing and a growing number of merchants are encouraging consumers to pay with contactless instead of cash to avoid contact.

“As the spread of COVID-19 highlights the steadfast mindset for ‘contact-free’ environments and experiences in many aspects of our lives, the increased interest in contactless payments is far reaching. We believe in providing consumers with the freedom of choice in how they pay and peace of mind when they pay. With increased convenience and security, we look forward to expanding the contactless footprint more than ever before,” added Pimenta.

Contactless Payments Growth
As consumers increasingly seek out ways to quickly get in and out of stores without touching terminals, Mastercard data reveals over 40% growth in contactless transactions globally in the first quarter of 20201. Further, 80% of contactless transactions are under $25, a range that is typically dominated by cash. LAC, a less mature region when it comes to contactless penetration, saw exponential growth, with contactless transactions up 500% overall since March of last year.

While countries worldwide are at different stages of contactless card deployment and usage for daily shopping habits, Mastercard’s insights on grocery and pharmacy trends – two areas where many day-to-day essentials are being purchased – showed that nearly all regions experienced significant spikes in February and March. Further, reinforcing changing behaviors and consumer checkout preferences, Mastercard saw the number of contactless card payments at grocery stores and pharmacies grow twice as fast as non-contactless transactions globally2.

Notes to Editors:

1 Growth calculated as the percentage increase in contactless transactions compared to the percentage increase in non-contactless transactions, comparing March 2020 to March 2019, at Grocery and Pharmacy categories

2Growth calculated as the percentage increase in contactless transactions compared to the percentage increase in non-contactless transactions, comparing March 2020 to February 2020, at Grocery and Pharmacy categories

Survey Methodology

  • Online interviews of 17,000 consumers in 19 countries worldwide
  • 1,000 banked respondents per country in the US and Canada (North America); Australia, Singapore (Asia Pacific); UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, South Africa (Middle East and Africa); UK, Italy, France, German, Spain, Poland, Russia, the Netherlands (Europe).
  • 500 banked respondents per country in Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Colombia (Latin America and the Caribbean)
  • Research conducted April 10-12, 2020
  • Nationally representative sample
  • Readable sample sizes of:
    • Gen Z/Millennials
    • Affluent [defined at a country level]
    • Contactless users
    • Primary shoppers
    • Those with high levels of concern about Covid-19

About Mastercard
Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.

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Highgate Systems Appoints Kelley Gray as Managing Director

CaribPR Wire, MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Nov. 22, 2019: Highgate Systems Inc. today announced that Kelley Gray, has been named interim Managing Director of Highgate Systems Inc., replacing Aldo Campodonico effective immediately.

After 3 years, Aldo and Highgate Systems Inc. have decided to part ways and we wish to thank Aldo for his contribution to Highgate Systems.

Reporting to Highgate’s Board of Directors, Kelley will focus on strategies and tactics in support of the company’s future global growth initiatives.

Kelley remarked, “My key to success has been built on a passion for building strong relationships and obtaining results through collaboration. I am very excited to have this opportunity to contribute to Highgate’s present and future growth.”

Barry Walsh, Highgate’s Chairman said, “On behalf of the management and staff at Highgate, I’d like to congratulate Kelley on her appointment to the leadership team and wish her every success in her new role.”

Kelley, brings over 25 years of technology experience in executive management roles for companies such as: Symcor, Manulife Canada, CGI, Bell and Sun Microsystems. Her diverse background in the area of information technology, financial services, telecommunications, and government will be an invaluable asset to Highgate Systems Inc.

In addition to her impressive professional qualifications and experience, Kelley maintains an interest in both professional and recreational sporting activities. She is an accomplished golfer, hockey player, softball player and bowler.

About Highgate
Highgate Systems Inc. is a trusted provider of fully integrated, end-to-end Banking solutions to the financial services industry. Founded in 1986, Highgate Systems, technological footprint and Clients spans across Canada, the U.S and the Caribbean. Highgate Systems Inc. is a proudly Canadian Company delivering cutting edge solutions to Commercial Bank, Development Banks and Credit Unions.

Highgate Systems nombra a Kelley Grey como Directora General Interina

CaribPR Wire MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Nov. 27, 2019: Hoy, Highgate Systems Inc. (Highgate) anunció que Kelley Grey, fue nombrada Directora General Interina de Highgate, en reemplazo de Aldo Campodonico.

Después de tres años trabajando en conjunto, Aldo y Highgate decidieron emprender rumbos diferentes. Queremos agradecerle a Aldo por sus contribuciones a Highgate.

Kelley, que estará bajo la supervisión de la junta directiva de Highgate, se enfocará en estrategias para apoyar las futuras iniciativas de crecimiento global de la empresa.

Kelley destacó: “Mi clave para el éxito ha sido la dedicación para construir relaciones sólidas y obtener resultados a través de la colaboración. Estoy muy entusiasmada por tener esta oportunidad para contribuir al crecimiento de Highgate tanto en el presente como en el futuro”.

Barry Walsh, Presidente de Highgate, dijo: “En nombre de la Gerencia y el personal de Highgate, me gustaría felicitar a Kelley por su nombramiento y desearle mucho éxito en su nueva función”.

Kelley tiene más de 25 años de experiencia técnica en funciones de administración ejecutiva para empresas como: Symcor, Manulife Canadá, CGI, Bell y Sun Microsystems. Su experiencia integral en las áreas de tecnología de la información, servicios financieros, telecomunicaciones y Gobierno será un recurso invaluable para Highgate.

Además de sus impresionantes calificaciones profesionales y experiencia, Kelley mantiene un interés en actividades deportivas tanto profesionales como recreativas. Es una excelente jugadora de golf, de hockey, de softball y, además, de boliche.

Acerca de Highgate
Highgate Systems Inc. es un proveedor confiable de soluciones bancarias integradas punta-a-punta, para la industria de servicios financieros. Fundada en 1986, la tecnología y los clientes de Highgate Systems se extienden por Canadá, Estados Unidos y el Caribe. Highgate Systems Inc. es una empresa orgullosamente canadiense que ofrece soluciones de vanguardia a bancos comerciales, bancos de desarrollo y cooperativas de crédito.

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Global Financial Technology Provider Equisoft Appoints Ruben Veerasamy as Head of the Caribbean Region

MONTREAL, Oct. 30, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - Equisoft, a leading global financial technology company providing advanced solutions for the insurance and wealth industries, today officially announced the appointment of Ruben Veerasamy as Senior Vice President, Caribbean.

Equisoft’s strategic objective is to diversify and accelerate their global expansion. The company has delivered significant strategic business value in the Caribbean market for more than 10 years, working with clients in Jamaica, The Bahamas, Bermuda and Trinidad, and is continuing to scale up rapidly. With the objective of developing a team dedicated to servicing Caribbean clients, the time has come to nominate a leader for the region.

Ruben has performed different delivery and sales roles at Equisoft for over 10 years. With over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, he brings a strong expertise in establishing and managing sustainable client, partner and employee relationships.

“Ruben’s ability to build connections and confidence has been instrumental in helping us develop a great reputation in the Caribbean over the years,” said Equisoft’s CEO, Luis Romero. “We already serve six companies with our insurance and wealth solutions, and we are shortlisted for multiple large opportunities in the region. Appointing a dedicated leader was the next logical step to make sure that we provide our customers with the level of support they are expecting from their technology partner.”

“Being active in the region since 2009, we have a deep understanding of the specific challenges that Caribbean insurers and financial institutions are facing, both from a business and technology standpoint,” said Ruben. “I’m looking forward to continuing to work closely with our customers to help them achieve their business goals.”

About Equisoft

Founded in 1994, Equisoft is a global provider of advanced digital solutions in life insurance and wealth management. Recognized as a valued partner by over 50 of the world’s leading financial institutions in 15 countries, Equisoft offers innovative front-end applications, extensive back-office services and a unique data migration expertise. The firm’s industry-leading products include CRM, financial needs analysis, asset allocation, quotes and illustrations, electronic application, agency management systems, as well as customer, agent and broker portals. Equisoft is also Oracle’s main global partner for the Oracle Insurance Policy Administration platform. With its business-driven approach, deep industry knowledge, state-of-the-art technology, and a growing team of over 400 specialized resources based in the USA, Canada, Latin America, South Africa and India, Equisoft helps financial institutions tackle any challenge in this new era of digital disruption. Website: equisoft.com

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The Cayman Islands Investment Group Ltd. Announces Availability of Cryptocay.ky

It’s Time to Trade in Paradise!

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, July 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Today,  The Cayman Islands Investment Group Ltd. announced immediate availability of Cryptocay.ky, enabling traders of all levels of expertise to immediately register and use the Digital Asset Trading platform.

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“We are truly excited to release this platform to the world.” said Malcolm Hurlston, Chief Marketing Officer at The Cayman Islands Investment Group Ltd..

Many Countries, One Goal

Many consumers interested in the cryptocurrency world have showed keen interest in the latest platform coming to the shores of the Cayman Islands. Recent studies have shown that as the general media becomes more and more aware of cryptocurrency business, the Caribbean has been taking a closer look at the possibilities of Cryptocommerce.

“Cryptocay.ky is just the beginning of adaptation in the Caribbean,” continued Mr, Hurlston. “We want to become the central hub for everything crypto-related in the Caribbean. We at CIIG are dedicated to creating new products that benefit the investors and entrepreneurs of the future, including an ERC-20 based Money Transfer system!”

Cryptocay.ky Availability

Cryptocay.ky is immediately available for sign up today! Just visit www.cryptocay.ky. For more info on the Cayman Islands Investment Group Ltd., businesses and consumers can visit www.ciig.ky

Founded in 2018,  The Cayman Islands Investment Group is a Registered Company in the Cayman Islands. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to develop the entrepreneurial economy of the Cayman Islands and beyond.

The Cayman Islands Investment Group Ltd. and Cryptocay.ky are either registered trademarks or trademarks of The Cayman Islands Investment Group Ltd. in the Cayman Islands and/or other countries.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information on Cryptocay.ky: www.cryptocay.ky

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