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LinuxIT Europe launches PCI Data Security Standard compliance service

LinuxIT Europe has announced that its remote management and monitoring service VitalSigns24 now features a complete PCI DSS compliance service for Windows, UNIX and Linux environments.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a unified security standard that governs the safekeeping of cardholder information throughout any transaction.

The multifaceted Standard applies to any merchant or service provider that stores, processes or transmits cardholder account and/or transaction information, and includes requirements for security management, policies, procedures, network architecture, software design and other critical protective measures.

A new version of the Standard has come into force at the beginning of 2007, and from September, businesses that are not compliant face large fines.

With LinuxIT's VitalSigns24 service, on-line merchants can now benefit from a complete set of services that will lead to the annually required compliance certification, helping them to proactively protect customer account data.

In a first phase, certified LinuxIT security experts will scope the requirements, analyse the merchant's existing e-commerce solutions, and evaluate the procedures that are in place to deal with security issues.

A second phase will see the merchant's web sites scanned and potential security breaches highlighted and removed until full compliance is achieved.

Richard Loxley, LinuxIT Europe's Security Services Manager explained: "The theft of credit card and confidential information has become such a significant threat in today's marketplace that we felt we had to expand our management and monitoring solution to help protect consumers, merchants, and businesses.

We are excited to be offering this service and to be able to facilitate the broad adoption of consistent data security measures on a global basis."

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.