Batelco has announced the attainment of the payment card industry data security standard (PCI DSS) 3.2.1’ compliance, which is the latest international certification in data security, for its three data centres.
Batelco’s PCI compliance was audited against the PCI data security standards by ValueMentor, a leading provider of risk and compliance services.
PCI DSS is an established information security standard which applies to any organisation involved in the processing, transmission and storage of credit card information. The security standards were formed in 2004 by Visa, MasterCard, Discover Financial Services, JCB International and American Express. The compliance scheme aims to secure credit and debit card transactions against data theft and fraud.
Companies that store, process, or transmit credit card data, specifically the banking and finance sector, are mandated by global and national industry regulators to comply to the international security standard to ensure maximum levels of security. Therefore, PCI-compliant data centres are a key factor for organisations in selecting co-location facilities.
Batelco’s Data Centre PCI DSS compliance ensures that its customers directly benefit from automatic compliance to regulatory data security requirements such as strict physical access procedures for data, regular testing of security systems and processes, and adherence to policies that address information security.
David Joseph, AVP – Payment security, ValueMentor, said: “We have successfully worked with multiple similar security programmes within the region and we are glad to have Batelco data centres join the family of compliant centres. Batelco was keen to continue with implementing comprehensive and strict information security controls and thereby meet standards beyond compliance requirement. We are delighted to conclude that Batelco sets security of its customers’ payment data as a top priority and complies to the PCI DSS version 3.2.1 requirements.”
Abdulla Danesh, Acting General Manager Enterprise, Batelco, said: “Attainment of the PCI DSS compliance is a key step in our strategy of building and managing world class data centres. We are committed to our customers in prioritising their requirements by providing a reliable and highly secure data storage environment, well equipped to protect sensitive customer data against breaches.”
“We will continue to optimise our physical and cloud security with the most up-to-date international security standards, to support our customers’ interests and business,” he said.Click below to share this article