PCI DSS Compliant Colocation
Any organization that handles credit or debit card information needs to abide by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requirements. Yet, according to a 2016 study by Verizon, only 50% of organizations meet all 12 PCI requirements and half of those companies fall out of compliance within 9 months of validation. There’s strong correlation between PCI DSS non-compliance and the likelihood of suffering a data breach.
Our Colocation Services have been validated against the PCI DSS to provide you with the confidence you need to meet your compliance requirements and secure the credit card data you process. Work alongside LightEdge’s engineers to review the compliance process and develop any necessary documentation.
What is PCI DSS Compliance?
PCI DSS is a set of security standards that were designed to encourage and enhance cardholder data security and facilitate consistent data security measures globally. The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) was launched on September 2006 to manage the ongoing evolutions of PCI security standards. The council continues to focus on improving payment account security throughout the transaction process.
The PCI DSS is administrated and managed by the PCI SSC. It is important to understand that the payment brands are responsible for enforcing compliance, not the PCI council. According to the Data Security Standard, PCI DSS comprises a minimum set of requirements for protecting account data, and may be enhanced by additional controls and practices to further mitigate risks, as well as local, regional, and sector laws and regulations.
Who Needs to be PCI Compliant?
While it’s important for any online store or business handling financial transactions online to be PCI compliant, it’s absolutely critical for banks and other financial institutions to maintain PCI compliance to protect their customers’ financial information.
Banks and other financial institutions not only house personal and sensitive financial data for their customers, they process high volumes of transactions between accounts every day. Not meeting the PCI 3 requirements could result in failing an audit, exposing banks and financial companies to risk of data breaches.
Colocation and Protecting Data Through PCI DSS
Reinforcing a financial organization’s security posture, colocation provides the opportunity to standardize business decisions and determine the optimal place for data to reside. The challenge with that is the added complexity of safeguarding data as it crosses colocation, public cloud, and private cloud environments.
Strengthen your company’s risk mitigation and compliance posture with a company who has deep experience with PCI. LightEdge is a validated PCI-DSS (version 3.2) Level 1 Service Provider. This validates that our in-scope data center facilities meet PCI’s prescriptive security requirements.
LightEdge has the Best of Both Worlds: PCI Compliance and Secure Colocation
As a top-tier colocation services provider, we provide a high level of availability and reliability through secure, certified data centers and dedicated staff onsite. With geographically-dispersed facilities across all of the US power grids, our data centers are the heart of our operation and yours. We have a wide range of colocation and disaster recovery solutions delivering advanced shared infrastructure designed to enable operational and financial efficiency, reducing the burden on your IT staff. LightEdge undergoes an annual assessment of the latest PCI DSS requirements. We use this expertise to keep you up-to-date on the latest controls, too.
Our PCI-Compliant Colocation Features:
Data Center Security Measures
Our security approach includes Physical Security—Layering security through the physical infrastructure of our data centers from the hardened shell to access control systems and surveillance. It also includes Environmental Security—Our data centers are designed with the most-up-to date security technology features to reduce risk from the inside out, including multi-factor authentication and secure check-in processes. And finally, our security approach includes Network Security: We integrate multiple layers of defenses in our network, including firewalls, virtual private network (VPN) and Data Loss Prevention (DLP).
Your colocation provider should have designated PCI compliance experts who are responsible for maintaining PCI DSS standards, as well as any other compliance regulations that impact your industry or that of your clients.
LightEdge’s security and compliance professional services simplify the process of improving your security posture, by helping you determine which security controls are required to mitigate your identified risks and improve collaboration and communication during security event mitigation and incident response between your business and LightEdge.
Regular Monitoring Schedule and Network Tests
Tracking and monitoring all access to network resources and cardholder data, including the regular testing of controls, systems, and processes is critical. Our colocation centers have a plan in place that tracks and monitors all access to network resources and cardholder data. Log files, system traces or any tool enabling the tracking of access to sensitive data is critical in preventing, detecting, or minimizing a data breach. The availability of logs enables tracking, alerting, and analysis when an intrusion occurs. LightEdge also regularly tests our security systems and processes
Private Cloud Offerings
When handling cardholder data, a safe cloud environment is paramount. In some cases, this is best achieved through a private cloud. At a rate of 73 percent of all investigated breaches at SecurityMetrics, noncompliance with PCI requirement 10 “Implement Logging and Log Monitoring” was the issue most frequently associated with a data breach. A PCI DSS compliant private cloud solution could fix this problem.
LightEdge provides two different private cloud solutions, Virtual Private Cloud and Dedicated Private Cloud. LightEdge’s Virtual Private Cloud powered by VMware takes advantage of the cost-effective multi-tenant model for infrastructure and virtualization, while maintaining business-critical performance and top security. Our VPC is redundant by default and can be provisioned by you or LightEdge’s experienced engineers.
LightEdge Dedicated Private Cloud (DPC) offers a single-tenant environment with the highest level of performance, control and security at a predictable monthly price. DPC provides physically discrete and highly available compute, storage and network resources uniquely configured to your unique requirements. You retain full control of your server while gaining the flexibility of virtualization, ideal for mission-critical applications and compliance standards.
No two businesses are the same. At LightEdge, we work with you to find the right mix of control, security, and cost for your Cloud Hosting and IT service needs. Contact us today for your free security assessment.