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Who Uses DDoS Attacks and Why?

Editorial Team March 20, 2018 by under PCI Hosting 0 Comments

If your business has ever suffered through a Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attack, it’s was likely experience you haven’t forgotten, as much as you might like to. For your website, a DDoS attack is like being paralyzed – your website becomes unable to respond to the simplest request, your PCI-compliant online store is completely unusable by paying customers, everything that makes your business go suddenly grinds to a halt like you’re stuck in the world’s worst traffic jam.

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Was Your E-Commerce Hosting ready for the Black Friday Rush?

Editorial Team December 8, 2017 by under PCI Hosting 0 Comments

In 2016, for the first time in history, Americans spent more money online on Black Friday than they did in retail, avoiding the trampling crowds searching packed department stores for the best deals in retail.

A full 108.5 million customers did their shopping online, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation: nearly 10 million more than the 99.1 million that braved the weather and crowds to do their shopping in person.

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I Need PCI Compliance: Where Do I Start?

Editorial Team October 3, 2017 by under PCI Hosting 0 Comments

Congratulations on getting your business prepared for PCI Compliance! We know you will have worked very hard to get the business to this stage, so let Atlantic.Net help guide you through what might seem to be the minefield of PCI Compliance. The payment card industry is one of the most heavily regulated industries across the globe. While businesses large or small can achieve PCI compliant status, the rules are strict, and the penalties for those who violate its rules are firm.

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Bandwidth Concerns: Finding E-commerce Hosting Solutions as a Small Business Owner

Editorial Team September 30, 2017 by under PCI Hosting 0 Comments

Of all the important steps that need to be taken in order to successfully run a small business, it may be the backend operations that are the most confounding. That’s because all web hosting isn’t the same. Depending on the specific kind of website and business you are developing, you’ll have certain requirements that need to be met by your hosting provider in order to achieve the performance levels you need to be successful and to meet any regulatory rules that might exist in your industry.

There are some features that are a must have if you’re looking to launch an e-commerce based business. By following some simple guidelines during your search, you can quickly narrow down the list of viable hosting solution candidates. Dedicated hosting with managed services or managed cloud hosting can cover most of your needs, but let’s explore why they make the most sense for your e-commerce business.

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Safety in Redundancy: Why It’s Important to Have Multiple Backups

Editorial Team August 3, 2017 by under PCI Hosting 0 Comments

Everyone is familiar with the idiom, “it’s better to be safe than sorry.” It’s a good general rule to operate under, and that is certainly the case when it comes to the safety of your data. Whether it’s the files that make up your website or a database with sensitive information, it’s critical to your operations that there is always some way to restore your data so that you don’t suffer from excessive downtime, or worse, be noncompliant with certain regulatory agencies depending on the industry you operate in. Yes, your backup solutions, or lack thereof, could be putting you at risk of being in violation of some laws.

If your business operates within the healthcare industry and creates electronic medical records, there are specific requirements in place regarding not only the storage of EMRs but also where you back up these records. These requirements can be found in the HIPAA Security Final Rule: the Data Backup and Disaster Recovery Specifications and are an important consideration in HIPAA-compliant hosting, which Atlantic.Net provides. There are certain backup elements that must meet contingency plan standards.

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Security Penetration Testing: What It Is and Why You Need It

Editorial Team August 1, 2017 by under PCI Hosting 0 Comments

If your bank is requiring your company to perform a penetration test as part of your PCI compliance, you’re not alone. Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS) are now requiring penetration testing (or pen tests) for all organizations that accept credit card payments. It’s an added way to ensure the security of credit card transactions and associated storage practices.

So what, exactly, is penetration testing? It’s a way to test your system’s security by trying to exploit its weaknesses. In the same way that the Federal Reserve requires FDIC-insured banks to undergo stress tests, penetration tests are safe methods of attempting to identify security weaknesses in your systems.  As the saying goes, one of the best ways to help protect against hacks into your systems is for someone you trust to try hacking into your systems. This will allow you to rectify security issues before they can be exploited by unauthorized individuals.

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Small Business PCI Compliance Guide

Editorial Team April 28, 2017 by under PCI Hosting 0 Comments

PCI Compliance – Critical for small businesses

PCI compliance is critical for small businesses. It is important for two reasons: it gets the company in line with the standards set up by the major credit and debit card brands, and it legitimately checks the security of the business’s systems. In other words, PCI compliance isn’t just about following rules but about protection – especially important since three in five small businesses that get hacked are bankrupt within six months.

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