(The Hosting News) – GalaxyVisions, the New York metropolitan area’s most reliable and affordable provider of Internet hosting solutions, announced today that it has received certification of compliance with the Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standards. The certification confirms GalaxyVisions’ state-of-the-art data center adheres to best security practices for the safe handling of credit cardholder data and transactions.
The certification is the final part of a year-long upgrade of GalaxyVisions’ website, e-commerce engine and other infrastructure. To secure the certification, the company had to respond to 13 pages of questions on business operations, data center configurations and payment processing practices.
“For a decade, GalaxyVisions has provided secure, affordable service to thousands of companies and individuals,” said Ray Sidler, GalaxyVisions’ chief executive officer and co-founder. “With PCI certification, our practices have been reviewed and authenticated by one of the strictest security organizations on the planet.”
The certification opens the door for merchants who are required to work with PCI-compliant hosting providers. It also ensures that payment processing handled through the GalaxyVisions’ website will be done in the most secure manner possible.
“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 said. “GalaxyVisions will continue to handle all the heavy-lifting involved as the security standards change so that our customers have nothing to worry about.”
The PCI Security Standards Council is a global forum responsible 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. Launched in 2006, it represents five global payment brands: American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc.
PCI created the standards and certification program to protect credit cardholder information and transactions from hackers and other threats. Its high-level requirements cover everything from how data is stored and secured to the protection of systems that transmit it. The rigorous standard also sets restrictions on how data is physically accessed. All organizations must adhere to these standards when working with cardholder data.
The goal of PCI is to render cardholder data unreadable and unavailable to anyone not authorized to handle it. The best practices include but are not limited to firewall configuration, system security parameters, encryption, maintenance, physical accessibility, logging and monitoring as well as tracking, testing and policy.
GalaxyVisions was founded in 2003 and is a privately held managed services provider located in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. It provides affordable hosting solutions for companies of all sizes. GalaxyVisions supplies the servers, software, bandwidth and management tools needed to run almost any web-based application. From small projects to enterprise server solutions, GalaxyVisions will meet or beat the price of any competitor. GalaxyVisions is committed to excellent quality service 24/7/365.