Heartland Payment Systems(R) Chief Security Officer John South Named 2013 CSO of the Year

Heartland Payment Systems(R) Chief Security Officer John South Named 2013 CSO 
of the Year 
PRINCETON, NJ -- (Marketwire) -- 02/27/13 --  John South, chief
security officer at Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE: HPY), one of the
nation's largest payments processors, has been named 2013 CSO of the
Year by SC Magazine. As the information technology (IT) security
industry's leading global awards program, the SC Awards honor the
professionals, companies and products that help fend off security
threats that face today's corporate world. South and other award
winners were recognized during the SC Awards Dinner and Presentation
at the RSA Conference on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, in San
Francisco, Calif. 
Selected among esteemed industry peers, South is honored for his work
spearheading a robust IT security program while driving significant
business value through information security initiatives. He has also
successfully solidified a culture of security at Heartland and
established the security practitioners under his purview as integral
partners for business leaders across the organization. 
Bob Carr, Heartland's chairman and chief executive officer, said, "It
is an honor to see John recognized as the 2013 CSO of the Year, as he
is a pioneer in every sense of the word. John works relentlessly to
safeguard Heartland, as well as the payments ecosystem at large, by
leading the fight against cybercrime. No one is more deserving of
this award." 
Illena Armstrong, VP, editorial director, SC Magazine, added,
"Cutting edge solutions are needed to fight the growing complexities
of cyberattacks and, as a winner of a 2013 SC Award, John has
demonstrated the ability to execute innovative and comprehensive IT
security measures. SC Magazine, our panel of expert judges and the
entire industry recognize his efforts with this prestigious award." 
South currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Financial
Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), the only
industry forum for collaboration on critical security threats facing
the financial services sector. He also serves on the Board of
Advisors of the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI
SSC) to help strengthen security standards and protect cardholder
data against threats worldwide. Additionally, South is on the PCI
Council Board of Advisors and has been an active participant with the
U.S. Secret Service North Texas Electronic Crimes Task Force since
its inception in 2003 and is the founding president of the FBI's
North Texas InfraGard Program.  
About Heartland Payment Systems
 Heartland Payment Systems, Inc.
(NYSE: HPY), the sixth largest payments processor in the United
States, delivers credit/debit/prepaid card processing, school
solutions, marketing solutions, end-to-end encryption technology,
campus solutions, payroll solutions, and related business solutions
and services to more than 250,000 business and education locations
nationwide. A FORTUNE 1000 company, Heartland is the founding
supporter of The Merchant Bill of Rights, a public advocacy
initiative that educates merchants about fair credit and debit card
processing practices. Heartland also established The Sales
Professional Bill of Rights to advocate for the rights of sales
professionals everywhere. More detailed information can be found by
visiting HeartlandPaymentSystems.com,
HeartlandPaymentSystems.com/Careers or following the company on
Twitter @HeartlandHPY and Facebook at facebook.com/HeartlandHPY. 
Forward-Looking Statements:
 This press release contains statements
of a forward-looking nature which represent our management's beliefs
and assumptions concerning future events. Forward-looking statements
involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions and are based on
information currently available to us. Actual results may differ
materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements due
to many factors, including risks and additional factors that are
described in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission
filings, including but not limited to the Company's annual report on
Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. We undertake no
obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events
or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release. 
Media Contacts:
Michael J. LaCosta
Director of Public Relations
Heartland Payment Systems
1-888-798-3131, ex. 2245
Leanne Scott Brown
Vault Communications
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