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Yorkshire Data Centre achieves PCI DSS compliance

IT infrastructure and support provider Onyx Group announces today that their Yorkshire Data Centre has been certified as compliant to Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

The facility, which opened in 2012 following a £2m investment, has been certified to v3.0 level 1, which means Onyx customers hosted systems can be involved in a variety of payment channels in the certain knowledge they are locating their hardware in a fully audited and certified facility.

PCI DSS was developed in 2004 by major credit card companies to encourage and enhance cardholder data security and facilitate the broad adoption of consistent measures globally. Today any company that stores, transmits or processes cardholder data must comply with the requirements.

2014 saw online retail sales break through the £100 billion barrier for the year for the first time in history. A growth of 14 per cent on the previous year, the figure demonstrates the increasing need to protect critical cardholder information, reassuring both organisations and customers alike.

Neil Stephenson, CEO of Onyx Group said: “As a company we are committed to offering our clients and businesses throughout Yorkshire the very best in terms of cutting edge security and resilience.

“Achieving PCI DSS was the next step in our ongoing strategy to offer businesses superior I.T. services and is indicative of the continued investment that we are making to our infrastructure and the Yorkshire region.”

“With our Yorkshire Data Centre passing the rigorous compliance assessment, we can now help to remove the burden associated with meeting such high standards, allowing our customers to focus on what is most important to them; their business.”

Onyx Group’s Yorkshire Data Centre already provides hosting, data and workplace recovery services for a high profile public facing service for a UK central government agency following extensive audits last year and the PCI DSS accreditation further enhances the sites’ credentials.

Onyx Group has always been at the forefront of compliance, with their Newcastle Data Centre becoming the first facility of its kind in the world to be awarded ISO 27001 for information security back in 2008.

PCI DSS is no small undertaking and achieving it puts Onyx in a small number of companies that can help customers to more easily attain compliance for their end to end business systems.

To further support their retail and e-commerce customers, Onyx have designed a comprehensive solution that includes 2 factor authentication, vulnerability assessments, Anti-Virus, Web-Filtering, Anti-Spam, Firewalls, Intrusion Detection Systems and Event Log Management appliances that can support compliance to PCI DSS.

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