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If your company requires PCI-DSS compliance, Atlantic.Net's managed security and compliance services coupled with our award-winning Cloud Platform will provide you and your team the easy button to help achieve and exceed your credit card industry requirements! With our expanded network capacity and hardened data centers, your business will be able to achieve the uptime, cyber-security requirements, and meet your customers' needs while reducing your overall cost. Gain the competitive advantage you need with ease with our PCI Compliant Hosting and bring focus to your core business.

Atlantic.Net PCI Hosting Features:

  • Managed Firewall
  • Fully Encrypted Backups
  • SOC 2, SOC 3, HIPAA, & PCI Audited
  • P2P Encrypted VPN
  • Managed Intrusion Prevention System
  • ACP OnSite and Offsite Backup and Replication
  • WAF, CDN, and DDoS protection via Network Edge Protection
  • Disk Encryption (standard) for all Cloud Hosts and VMs

Our Managed Services are versatile and extensive, including diverse services in the areas of Managed Security, Managed Storage Services, OS Management Services, and Managed Network Services. These services can be tailored to your particular requirements. If you include any of these high-touch, “white glove” services with your Atlantic.Net Hosting solution, you will have a team of certified and expert engineers at your service, performing double-duty in real-time monitoring and consultative capacities.

PCI Hosting Plans

If your business accepts credit card payments, we’ve got you covered with PCI compliant cloud hosting. You can focus on running your business knowing your cloud VPS is securely and properly handling your customers’ sensitive credit card information when passing through credit card payments on your website or app. All Atlantic.Net PCI compliant hosting packages listed below have been specially designed to provide more for less and help you attain PCI compliance affordably.

We’ve taken the following security measures to make sure our cloud is as ironclad as possible:

included VPN's

included Cloud Server Management

included Intrusion Prevention Service

included Anti-Malware

included Network Security

included Log Inspection

included Integrity Monitoring

included Managed Backup

included Managed Firewall

included Encrypted Data At Rest

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Cloud Hosting

Cloud Hosting

Atlantic.Net provides secure Cloud Hosting in our agile virtual environment, supporting a variety of e-commerce platforms. Our storage, memory, and compute-optimized platform will boost the performance of your online applications and network connectivity, while 100% uptime will ensure your online retail store remains live, searchable, and relevant, building customer trust. The benefit in hosting your application virtually is that it is fast and easy to adjust your storage needs depending on traffic and usage, keeping your investment budget-friendly.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated Hosting

Boosting and supporting high traffic websites and high activity grids is our specialty. The robustness, high security, and meeting of the strictest compliance standards of our Dedicated Hosting environment ensure your data will remain safeguarded and its transfer seamless. Designed to handle massive amounts of data at lightening speeds, our servers feature enterprise-grade solid state drives. Our extensive networks are backed by redundant high-speed connections ensuring you’re always online. To maximize your investment, we offer a plethora of plans to fit any business website, small or large, with the aim to elevate its online retailing.

Compliant Hosting

Compliant Hosting

Our data centers were built to fulfill the strictest requirements, eliminating regulations concerns. Our data centers are routinely inspected. We are SOC 2 TYPE II and SOC 3 TYPE II certified to ensure that we are up to the exacting standards to secure the most sensitive data. Leave the monitoring of changes to us, as you focus on growing your business.

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Our turnkey PCI ready hosting solution, backed by over 24 years of experience ensures that you gain maximum efficiencies and helps you bring focus to your core business and applications.

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PCI Compliant Hosting Requirements: 12-Point Checklist

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council develops standards that outline the proper protection of data in today’s security climate. These specifications form the basis of PCI compliant hosting requirements. Compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is necessary for merchants and other entities that process payment cards, transmit that data, or store it.

Since PCI compliance is critical for so many parties, below is a list of PCI compliant server requirements that every PCI DSS compliant web host should abide by.

The PCI council’s PCI compliance recommendations form the basis of this 12-point checklist of PCI compliant server requirements for a web host, which should be considered highlights rather than comprehensive.

  1. Installed and properly configured routers and firewalls
  2. Replacement of all default passwords
  3. Defenses on any PCI information in storage
  4. Encryption of data transmission on any public networks
  5. Regularly used & updated antivirus
  6. Maintenance of secure software and systems
  7. Business need-to-know access control
  8. Unique IDs for everyone with access
  9. Stringent physical access controls
  10. Network and data access monitoring & tracking
  11. Testing of all security mechanisms
  12. Information security policy

Installed and properly configured routers and firewalls

When you join multiple networks together, you need a router. When you want to control the traffic entering and leaving a network, or to keep people from getting into certain critical areas, you need to integrate a firewall. Implementation of firewalls and systematic setup of routers and firewalls to better control traffic flow is one of the most fundamental PCI compliant hosting requirements.


Replacement of all default passwords

If a hacker can just use a list of default passwords or exploits that prey on systems with out-of-the-box settings, your system is vulnerable. When an individual or organization wants to enter your infrastructure, they match together easily accessible default details with software that shows them all the devices connected to your network. When you deploy a new system, switch out those default settings and passwords right away.


Defenses on any PCI information in storage

Storage of cardholder data is generally not recommended by the PCI compliance standards. The data that is on the chip or stripe should never be put into storage. If your organization does store permanent account numbers, or PANs (in this case payment card numbers), they should be encrypted. When displayed, PAN should be masked. Users should only be able to observe, maximum, the first 6 digits and last 4 digits.


Encryption of data transmission on any public networks

Whenever sending cardholder data through any public network (including the Internet, WiFi, general packet radio systems, global systems for communications, etc.), use IPsec or SSL/TLS to encrypt. Strong encryption should be implemented both for authentication and for data transmission. If you want a sense of best practices for these PCI compliant server requirements, the PCI Council points to IEEE 802.11, which is a set of standards for wireless local area networks (WLAN).


Regularly used & updated antivirus

There are plenty of opportunities during the course of business for downloads of malicious applications, through email or web browsing. Antivirus and anti-malware programs detect the activities of known malicious software. In fact, the best companies now work with predictive analytics and artificial intelligence to detect malware before it spreads. Deploy these tools on all systems, and select a solution that creates audit logs.


Maintenance of secure software and systems

A hacker could get into a system or program with security weaknesses, potentially allowing them to steal or view PAN. When the developer of a product or platform releases a patch, it should be immediately installed since it solves a known problem. Patches should be implemented on critical systems first, followed by less critical systems, adhering to a vulnerability management program. Note: You can further confirm that you are meeting security-related PCI compliant hosting requirements by choosing a fully compliant data center infrastructure.


Business need-to-know access control

Employee roles and business need-to-know should guide the development of access controls so that unauthorized use does not occur. The basic idea of need-to-know is that you only give the extent of privileges and amount of data to a user that is necessary to conduct their tasks. Zero Trust should be integrated into your access control system, as indicated by the PCI Council’s instructions to “‘deny all’ unless specifically allowed.”


Unique IDs for everyone with access

You want to be able to know who is doing what within the system, and you want all activities to be easily trackable so that you can monitor and verify. Do not give anyone access to critical systems or data unless you have first given them a unique user ID. A password, passphrase, or multi-factor authentication (MFA) should be used standardly. MFA should be used for remote access. Virtual private networks, tokenization, or authentication and dial-in should be implemented for remote use.


Stringent physical access controls

Data is of course stored on real systems, and access to physical systems presents the opportunity for theft. In order to achieve PCI compliant hosting requirements, the provider’s data center should restrict physical access. Facility entry controls should be used. Before any outsider enters a space in which cardholder data is present or is being processed, they should receive a physical token that they give back prior to departure.


Network and data access monitoring & tracking

Being able to track exactly what a given user is doing by logging all steps they take allows you to perform vulnerability management and forensics in an organized fashion. Logs allow you to analyze something much more specifically and efficiently if there are any issues. They allow you to understand how hacking or other improper use occurs. You want automated audit trails in place so that you can review any activities.


Testing of all security mechanisms

Security gaps are often revealed through hacking. Testing security protocols, hardware, and software will keep you secure long-term. Check to see what wireless devices are being used with a wireless analyzer at least quarterly. Alternately, use a wireless intrusion prevention service (IPS). Network vulnerability scans should be performed once each quarter and also following major adjustments within the network. Perform penetration testing annually at a minimum.


Information security policy

Beyond PCI compliant server requirements, you also need personnel interacting with the systems to be well-equipped. Everyone on staff should know their PCI compliance responsibilities for safeguarding sensitive data. Create, update, and distribute an PCI compliance information security policy that lets your employees know about PCI DSS rules. For internal environments, create usage policies to shape expectations for employees and contractors.


Reach New Levels of Performance and Scalability

Atlantic.Net’s architecture offers online retailers fast and secure transfer of data, while supporting multiple distribution formats. Our PCI compliant infrastructure is backed by our 100% uptime guarantee, offering you the ultimate peace of mind. Better website performance means better end-user experience. By choosing to host your e-commerce app or website on Atlantic.Net, you are ensuring that it will remain reliable, secure, and robust, enabling a seamless user experience. Our flexible PCI compliant solution suite gives online merchants the power and freedom to choose the kind of top-notch website hosting they need.

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What is PCI Hosting?

Payment Card Industry (PCI) hosting is a type of web hosting service using datacenter infrastructure provided by web hosting companies and managed service providers (MSPs) which is PCI-ready. In this case, PCI-ready means the MSP follows the rules and guidelines laid out by payment card providers to enforce the data security standards (PCI DSS) expected to secure clients’ payment card data. These rules were designed to defend against the theft of debit and credit card information and merchant information, as well as prevent fraudulent transactions and credit card cloning in the retail sector. PCI data standards are recognised worldwide and thus, internationally, organizations that handle bankcard transactions online must use PCI compliant hosting providers who meet the strict requirements of the payment card industry (or maintain PCI compliance on their own, if hosting internally).

PCI compliant hosting enables clients or merchants to apply for PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance, which is essential for any business that accepts any type of payment card such as American Express, Visa, JCB, or MasterCard. PCI compliance was introduced in 2004 to provide a unified framework for improving security and reducing the threat of data breaches for all card providers. PCI-ready hosting providers can adhere to the security controls defined by the Security Standards Council (SSC); these standards create a set of rules which must be complied with in order to gain the PCI compliance certification, and these rules apply to everyone who wishes to take card payments.

There are 12 standards which make up the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) defined by the Security Standards Council, and PCI ready hosting providers must meet these standards for the client to be able to apply and pass PCI DSS compliance certification. These standards primarily focus on the securing of an infrastructure provider’s physical network, employees and secure business processes.

All data networks (physical and wireless) must be secured with firewalls, which are regularly maintained with software updates and have a valid access control management process. The firewalls are managed by a specialist network team, who manage and restrict traffic from untrusted networks. All vendor-supplied hardware default passwords are changed and then hardened with complex secure passwords and strong cryptography (SSL/TLS Certificates).

The Managed Service Providers and Web Hosting Companies must do everything possible to protect cardholder data, working with clients to ensure that only the data that is needed is digitally stored, and that any data that is retained is masked and protected. PCI compliant hosting providers will secure server hardware both physically and within the Operating System by ensuring the server infrastructure is protected from vulnerabilities. This includes regular patch management and anti-virus definition updates.

Strong access control measures are implemented to restrict unnecessary physical access to data center operations. PCI compliant hosting providers also restrict logon access to the server environment. This can be achieved via two-factor authentication and will add greater protection to the servers that host the payment card information. Limiting access to those on a need-to-know basis enables a web hosting provider greater auditing control. This is further enhanced by ensuring all users have unique IDs which are protected with complex, regularly changed passwords.

PCI requirements only apply to the cardholder data environment (CDE); they do not apply to a client’s entire infrastructure. Usually the CDE is an isolated network segment, but this does mean that any data transmitted externally is encrypted. The MSPs and Web Hosting Companies are responsible for documenting, updating and consistently monitoring and testing PCI ready processes to ensure the best practices requirements are followed and adhered to. The web hosting provider does this by implementing a PCI Hosting security policy and conducting regular vulnerability testing.

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