PCI Compliance: Windstream Offers PCI Peace of Mind


According to the Wall Street Journal, the e-commerce industry is projected to rise to $279 billion dollars by 2015—but the growth won’t stop there. With this increase in online purchasing, businesses are faced with increased risk for security breaches that may compromise customer data—including credit card information and personal financial data. Not only could these breaches impact customers, but they also put businesses at risk for their own data loss and monetary liability. 

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)—a set of requirements designed to ensure that any company processing, storing, or transmitting credit card information maintains a secure environment— helps to minimize risks associated with security breaches. Failure to attain and maintain compliance can result in fines ranging from thousands to millions of dollars. 

Windstream Hosted Solutions recently announced that our data centers —where we offer cloud computing, managed services, and colocation services—have received validation for compliance with the PCI DSS version 2.0 as a “Level 1” certified service provider. This level of compliance requires that yearly on-site reviews are conducted by an independent Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) and requires regular network scans to be conducted. We’ve made the decision to achieve the highest level of compliance, Level 1, to allow our customers to process an unlimited number of credit transactions in our systems with the confidence that we are committed to keeping their business running consistently and securely. 

Working with a service provider that is recognized and validated by PCI DSS helps alleviate some of the pressures and obligations businesses experience while striving to adhere to the strict regulations. Having mandatory audits and security scans handled by Windstream Hosted Solutions lets business owners know without a doubt that their networks are secure and in compliance, giving them the peace of mind to focus on running their businesses.

Does your business process, store, or transmit credit card information? Is the critical data you have today secured in a PCI-compliant environment? If you’re looking to move your data to the cloud, or if you need more information about PCI DSS and the regulations that impact you, contact a trusted advisor for more information on Windstream’s data center solutions and PCI compliance.  Put our “PCI peace of mind” to work for you.