Web hosting provider Peak 10 announced on Thursday that its data centers and cloud infrastructure have been validated for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard 2.0 Level 1 compliance.
Peak 10 said that it recently underwent an audit by an independent Quality Security Assessor to ensure that it meets best practices and security controls needed to maintain safety and security of customers’ credit card data during transit, processing and storage.
With a growing number of more merchants moving their payment systems to the cloud, offering PCI compliant hosting services have become essential for hosting companies.
The move comes a couple of months after Peak 10 enhanced its recovery cloud service, making improvements to its scope, processes and technology to help customers restore services in the event of a site failure.
The PCI DSS is a proprietary Information Security standard for those organizations that process cardholder data for the major debit, credit, prepaid, e-purse, ATM and POS cards.
By being compliant with PCI DSS, Peak 10 ensures that its customers using the Peak 10 PCI-compliant cloud can continue to use its enterprise-class data centers and cloud infrastructure to ensure the security and availability of their applications and data, as well as help meet their own requirements for PCI compliance.
Peak 10 is on the “Approved Service Providers” list for major credit card brands and provides comprehensive, highly secure network combined with 24-hour technical support.
As part of its standard security measures, the Peak 10 PCI-compliant cloud provides multi-layer protection and data access limitations, as well as monitors, defends against and mitigates cyber assaults and threats.
In addition to the PCI DSS audit, Peak 10 successfully completed annual company-wide compliance audits for SSAE 16 and enhanced its HIPAA-ready cloud services to better serve those businesses that need to meet the requirements for HIPPA and HITechA.
“While customers remain responsible for many aspects of the compliance of their technologies and applications, their use of Peak 10’s cloud infrastructure can help meet many of the requirements for compliance with PCI DSS and HIPAA/HITECH,” said David Kidd, Peak 10′s director of quality assurance. “The successful completion of this most recent series of audits is part of our continued commitment to maintaining a well-governed, high-quality IT service environment.”
In addition to its PCI DSS-compliant cloud solution, Peak 10 also offers a HIPAA-compliant cloud solution for businesses handling electronic Protected Health Information.
Talk Back: Are you currently PCI DSS compliant? If not, do you think the lack of being compliant is hurting your business? Do you think Peak 10 will attract new business as a result of offering this service? Let us know in the comments.