All enterprises, whether large or small, which deal with its customers’ credit/debit cards – online or offline – are required to adhere to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI (News - Alert) DSS) to ensure customers that their card data is secure during and after business transactions.
In this regard, GalaxyVisions – a provider of Internet hosting solutions – recently received the certification of compliance with the PCI DSS, indicating that the company’s modern data center adheres to security practices for the safe handling of credit card holder data and transactions.
As a privately-held managed services provider, GalaxyVisions has been providing affordable hosting solutions for companies of all sizes since 2003. Located in Brooklyn, New York, it supplies the servers, software, bandwidth and management tools required to run Web-based applications.
"For a decade, GalaxyVisions has provided secure, affordable service to thousands of companies and individuals," said Ray Sidler, GalaxyVisions' chief executive officer and cofounder. "With PCI certification, our practices have been reviewed and authenticated by one of the strictest security organizations on the planet."
As quoted by GalaxyVisions, this certification is the final part of a year-long upgrade of the company’s website, e-commerce engine and other infrastructure. The certification now ensures that payment processing handled through GalaxyVisions' website will be done in the most secure manner possible.
To obtain this compliance, GalaxyVisions had to respond to 13 pages of questions on business operations, data center configurations and payment processing practices.
"Working with a PCI-compliant hosting provider allows retailers to save time and money as they do not have to worry about this pain point for their business,” Sidler added. “GalaxyVisions will continue to handle all the heavy-lifting involved as the security standards change so that our customers have nothing to worry about."
For those unaware, the PCI Security Standards Council is a global forum accountable for the development, management, education and awareness of the PCI Security Standards, including the Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS), and PIN Transaction Security (PTS) requirements.
The PCI Security Standards Council created the standards and certification program to protect credit card holder information and transactions from hackers and other threats.
Some of the best practices advocated by PCI include firewall configuration, system security parameters, encryption, maintenance, physical accessibility, logging and monitoring, as well as tracking, testing and policy.
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Edited by Braden Becker