KickAssVPS Partners with ControlScan to Offer PCI Compliance, Security Services

January 15, 2009
January 15, 2009 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – KickAssVPS, a leader in Linux and Microsoft® Windows® Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting, announced today a new partnership with ControlScan to offer Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance scanning for ecommerce customers.

In order to directly accept credit cards online, merchants are required to meet Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), a set of security requirements intended to protect both cardholders and merchants by establishing specific processes and precautions for handling, processing, storing and transmitting credit card data. Non-compliant merchants are subject to penalties and fines in the event of a data compromise.

With today’s partnership, ControlScan will provide KickAssVPS customers with access to PCI compliance scanning and vulnerability reporting. Control Scan also provides a variety of additional security services, including Web site security seals, and premier SSL and EV SSL certificates from GeoTrust and Verisign.

"The partnership with KickAssVPS will allow us to provide more merchants with PCI compliance solutions and services while helping secure their customers' personal information," said David Koziol, director, sales, ControlScan.

“By partnering with ControlScan, we are providing our e-commerce clients with access to the tools they need to help safely process credit card transactions. PCI compliance is an important layer of protection for merchants and online consumers alike, and we endorse it as viable and ultimately necessary,” said Brian Emerson, president and CTO, KickAssVPS.

KickAssVPS provides standardized and customized Virtual Private Servers, operating with a 100% Microsoft® Certified, United States-based workforce. The company’s Virtual Private Server plans are available on both Linux and Microsoft® Windows® platforms. KickAssVPS also offers ColdFusion Hosting; SSL Certificates; Shared Web hosting; and Domain Name registration.

A division of Point North Networks, Inc. KickAssVPS is one of the largest providers of Virtual Private Servers in the Midwest. KickAssVPS is a Certified Microsoft® Hosting Partner and Parallels™ Gold Partner, with a fully Microsoft Certified customer support team. Point North Networks, Inc. has over 15 years of experience in developing and implementing solutions for Fortune 500 companies, including 3M®, BestBuy®, and Carlson Companies™.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., ControlScan is the leading provider of Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance and security solutions designed exclusively for small- to medium-sized e-commerce and retail merchants, which make up 98% of all merchants. ControlScan provides easy-to-use Web-based security solutions and a personal level of service that make it easy and cost-effective for these businesses to analyze, remediate and validate compliance. The company’s core offerings are complemented by a number of value-added products that help merchants maintain a high security posture and market their achievements to shoppers, most notably Breach Protection insurance and Verified Secure security seals. ControlScan is the solution of choice for small merchants and acquirers because it offers security solutions that are built specifically with the small merchant in mind, a personal level of service and the best value. Acquirers and other merchant service providers rely on ControlScan to manage PCI compliance programs for their entire merchant portfolios to ensure maximum compliance rates.
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