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Security in the Cloud: It’s Easier Than You Think

The shift in recent years to cloud computing has put seemingly unlimited computing and data storage capacity at the fingertips of the masses – from the smallest businesses to the largest corporations. Increasingly, there's often little thought put into uploading that next batch of files to the cloud or spinning up that new virtual server, as the bi...
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Who enforces PCI compliance?

As credit card data becomes increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks, industry standards have worked to strengthen business security practices to better ensure the privacy and safety of customer data.Credit card vendors American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB international, MasterCard and Visa formed the PCI (Payment Card Industry) Secur...
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PCI Glossary of Terms: Frequently Used Terms for PCI Compliance

The world of PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards) is a fairly new industry requirement in the rapidly evolving world of online credit card transactions. With the first draft of standards coming on the scene in 2004, the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) has since released seven updates aimed at encouraging merchants to keep up...
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PCI Compliance is All Day Every Day

​Once a year you gather your team, run down your data security protocol, patch any obvious holes in your network and work feverishly to meet the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) annual audit.But PCI compliance isn't a goal you aim to hit once a year. Hackers are working constantly to steal your cardholder data. They're lookin...
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A QSA’s job: keep you honest about PCI compliance

As the use of credit cards becomes more ubiquitous, so too does the need for security standards to protect cardholder data. That has led to the rise of the Qualified Security Assessor (QSA).What is a QSA? And who needs one? The title of QSA is an industry designation conferred by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council to informa...
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Common IT Questions from PCI to Password Resets

​Providing business and enterprise level hosted environments is a 24/7/365 job. No question is too small and no problem is too big. Whether you are a company with 10 employees operating through a shared server or your business has hundreds of employees and thousands of servers, ZZ Servers' job is to make sure businesses operating within our network...
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PCI Scoping: Start big to narrow the scope

As the use of credit cards and online sales continues to grow, so too does the threat of cybercrime as hackers constantly poke and prod for security holes to syphon off consumer data.It's that growing threat that led credit card giants American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard and Visa to found the PCI (Payment Ca...
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Preparing for a PCI audit is a marathon, not a sprint

​Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance is growing in its rigor and scope amid the rapidly evolving world of online and mobile credit card transactions. The PCI Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) aim to protect consumer credit card data by offering businesses an outline of rules and guidelines to ensure their credit card systems are secure.But the r...
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Building a secure infrastructure shouldn’t be this hard

For small business owners just starting out, or medium-sized companies growing at a rapid pace, the thought of having to create or improve your IT infrastructure can seem daunting. It may feel even more impossible when you begin to think about how to secure your IT network.But building a secure infrastructure isn't really as hard as you'd think. It...
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Why it matters where you host your website

Websites are an integral part of running a business today. Having a reliable, user-friendly site is critical for attracting and serving customers.There are infinite ways to build, host and maintain a website. So does it matter where you host your business' website? As with anything in business, location is everything and it matters in web hosting, ...
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