BOCA RATON, FLORIDA – (August 20, 2014) –  Host.net, an SFTA member and a multinational provider of managed infrastructure services focusing on Cloud Computing, Colocation, Connectivity and Continuity is pleased to announce it has validated compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) version 2.0 as a “Level 1” service provider for its Colocation services.

The scope of the assessment included the physical security and related policies for the following facilities:

US Headquarters (Boca Raton 800 and 900 Data Centers)
3500 NW Boca Raton Blvd, Building 800 and 900
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
Commercial Place II (Fort Lauderdale One and Two Data Centers)
3250 W. Commercial Blvd. #140
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309

The PCI DSS is a comprehensive set of standards that require merchants and service providers who store, process, or transmit customer payment card data to adhere to strict information security controls and processes.  It was created by the founding brands of the PCI Security Standards Council, which includes American Express, Discover Financial, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide, and Visa Inc.  The standard includes twelve requirements that include the following information security topics:

    • Security management
    • Policies and procedures
    • Physical security
    • Network architecture
    • User access management
    • Network and systems monitoring
    • Software development

The PCI Data Security Standard requires that any merchant who outsources the transmission, processing, or storage of payment card data to a third party provider verify   the provider adheres to the standard.  As a leading provider of Colocation Services to merchants, Host.net has proactively met this obligation to its clients.

“We are very pleased to once again achieve our PCI DSS 2 validation. It is part of our never-ending commitment to provide our clients “peace of mind” so they focus on running their business knowing their data is safe in a world class, well-governed, high-quality IT service environment” stated Lenny Chesal, Chief Marketing Officer at Host.net. “By using our proprietary 4cNxGn Smart Cloud Architecture™, organizations can meet many of the requirements for compliance with PCI DSS and HIPAA/HITECH.”  The assessment was performed by BrightLine CPAs & Associates, Inc.  (www.brightline.com), a globally accredited Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) firm that provides assurance and compliance services to global companies.  The scope of the assessment included the applicable requirements of version 2.0 of the PCI Data Security Standard for validation of “Level 1” service providers.  Following the completion of the assessment, a Report on Compliance was issued to reflect Host.net’s full compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard.

For more information about the PCI Data Security Standard, please visit the PCI Security Standards Council website located at  www.pcisecuritystandards.org

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