Masergy Communications has announced that the company has successfully completed the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) lab certification.
The PCI Data Security Standard (DSS), endorsed by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB, MasterCard and Visa, requires merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit customer payment card data to adopt information security controls and processes to ensure data integrity. Participating payment brands require PCI DSS compliance reports by a certified third-party assessor for onsite audits of merchants and service providers that process payment card transactions.
As an ASV for its ninth consecutive year, Masergy’s professional services team has been helping merchants manage data security risks, evaluate the security of their systems that store payment account data and assist them in achieving compliance with the PCI DSS.
“The PCI Security Standards Council is committed to helping everyone involved in the payment chain protect consumer payment data,” said Bob Russo, general manager at the PCI Security Standards Council. “By participating in the ASV certification process, Masergy demonstrates they are playing an active part in this important end goal.”
Recent headlines detailing data breaches in retail, financial and healthcare industries underscore the critical need for rigorous data security standards and certification, and the availability of advanced security systems that continually monitor all potential access points in corporate IT systems.
Masergy’s process includes network and application security assessments using a combination of multiple security scanning tools to discover vulnerabilities–automated processes that are supplemented with manual testing processes. The results are then cross referenced to identify potential system weaknesses. After applicable system changes and software updates are applied, Masergy reassesses the customer’s infrastructure to ensure vulnerabilities have been eliminated, and the changes did not introduce new risks into the environment.
“Masergy has offered these services for a decade and has developed a high level of expertise. We go beyond simple automated scanning and deploy advanced technologies, that deliver actionable insights to ensure that our customers are secure and compliant,” said Chris MacFarland, Masergy CEO.