Fusepoint Achieves Compliance with Payment Card Industry's Data Security Standard



    Becomes One of Few Managed Hosting Providers in Canada to Receive
    Stringent Tier 1 Level Certification from Visa's Cardholder Information
    Security Program

    TORONTO, Nov. 28 /CNW/ - Fusepoint Managed Services, a leading provider
of outsourced IT services and infrastructure, today announced it has become
Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant, as confirmed
by Visa's Cardholder Information Security Program. Fusepoint now joins a
select group of vendors to receive this designation and is one of very few
managed hosting providers in Canada to be approved.
    PCI DSS is a data protection standard created by the payment card
industry that aims to secure credit cardholder information wherever it
resides. PCI DSS applies to organizations that store, process or transmit
cardholder information, and outlines steps that merchants and service
providers must take to achieve compliance. Noncompliance can be costly, as
companies that do not meet PCI's 12 requirements run the risk of not being
able to conduct business with leading credit card companies including Visa,
MasterCard and American Express.
    To meet PCI compliance standards, companies doing business with the
payment card industry must prove they are taking a wide range of data
protection measures. Precautions range from what should be standard for most
businesses including the installation and maintenance of a firewall and
regularly updating anti-virus software, to more specialized network tracking,
monitoring, and security infrastructure testing. Fusepoint worked with Visa's
Cardholder Information Security Program to complete the compliance audit.
    "Many of the IT requirements in the PCI data security standard are simply
good business practices that protect your customers, your brand, and your
bottom line," says George Kerns, President and CEO, Fusepoint Managed
Services. "Fusepoint takes a proactive stance when it comes to all matters
related to compliance. We recognize that our customers can enjoy the peace of
mind in knowing we adhere to the highest security standards, allowing them to
focus on running their own businesses."
    Fusepoint has achieved the highest level of PCI compliance for service
providers supporting Tier 1 merchants - retailers that process over
six million transactions per year - that typically require the services of a
managed hosting provider to ensure the infrastructure that processes credit
card information is secure.
    "As a leading provider of automated payment solutions for the North
American parking industry, Digital Payment Technologies is required to be PCI
compliant as a level 1 service provider. To facilitate this in the best manner
possible, we use a managed hosting provider that is also Tier 1 PCI compliant"
said Christopher MacPhail, CTO, Digital Payment Technologies. "Customers
undergoing PCI compliance demand that sensitive credit card data be secure
right from the point of sale terminal on through my upstream providers. With
Fusepoint, I have that guarantee."

    
    Sample of PCI Issues Addressed:

    -   Hackers (external and internal to a company) often use vendor default
        passwords and other vendor default settings to compromise systems.
        These passwords and settings are well-known in hacker communities and
        easily determined via public information.

    -   Unscrupulous individuals use security vulnerabilities to gain
        privileged access to systems. Many of these vulnerabilities are fixed
        by vendor-provided security patches. All systems must have the most
        recently released, appropriate software patches to protect against
        exploitation by employees, external hackers, and viruses.

    -   Any physical access to data or systems that house cardholder data
        provides the opportunity for individuals to access devices or data
        and to remove systems or hardcopies, and should be appropriately
        restricted.

    -   For more information on PCI
        http://usa.visa.com/merchants/risk_management/cisp.html
    

    About Digital Payment Technologies

    Founded in 1997 as Digital Pioneer Technologies, Digital Payment
Technologies (DPT) has grown to become a recognized leading provider of
automated payment solutions to the North American parking industry. DPT has a
strong and consistent focus on technology leadership, customer service and the
provision of total business solutions. Visit http://www.digitalpaytech.com

    About Fusepoint Managed Services

    Fusepoint is a leading provider of outsourced managed IT infrastructure
and application services for companies that demand the highest levels of
performance and reliability from their mission-critical systems. With offices
and data centres in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City, we have
built a loyal base of over 400 customers and strong, strategic relationships
with Canada's leading technology and communication companies. Our solutions
enable organizations to focus on key goals and objectives, while we ensure
their IT infrastructure is "always available" and "always secure".
    Fusepoint's services are SLA-guaranteed, scalable and designed to reduce
cost structures while mitigating risk. Fusepoint is also SAS 70 Type II, CICA
5970, and most recently PCI compliant, which means our processes are
rigorously and continuously audited by an accredited third party and
consistently operate at the highest levels of reliability within the industry.
Visit www.fusepoint.com





For further information:

For further information: Jill Yetman, Laura Watton, Environics
Communications, (416) 969-2722,(416) 969-2766, jyetman@environicspr.com,
lwatton@environicspr.com; Roger Hamshaw, Director Channel Marketing, Fusepoint
Managed Services, (905) 363-3796, roger.hamshaw@fusepoint.com

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