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Press Release -- October 9th, 2014
Source: Earthlink

EarthLink Launches Enhanced PCI Compliance Solutions™ at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo

Managed security suite addresses financial breach protection and continuous PCI compliance to protect customer data and brand reputation

Orlando, FL., October 7, 2014 — EarthLink Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:ELNK, news, filings), a leading managed network and cloud solutions provider for multi-location businesses, today announced the launch of its new, comprehensive PCI Compliance Solutions™ suite at the 2014 Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, Booth # 1120. Designed to help retailers achieve and maintain PCI DSS 3.0 compliance while providing financial breach protection, EarthLink’s PCI Protect™, PCI Assist™, and PCI Certify™ solutions are managed security services that protect customer data, brand reputation and enhance network security.

EarthLink customer Dunn-Edwards Paints operates a regional chain of 117 retail paint stores in the Southwestern U.S., and recently implemented PCI Protect to protect its financial data and meet PCI requirements in its stores.

“Prior to using EarthLink’s PCI Compliance Solutions, my staff was responsible for capturing all PCI documentation ourselves, so we’ve seen an enormous benefit in time savings that enables my IT team to focus on other projects,” said Pete Garcia, Manager, Infrastructure Services, Dunn-Edwards. “The 24/7 compliance monitoring is also huge for us, as it’s given me a comfort level that I know we are protected. One of the primary reasons we chose EarthLink is the support we receive not only from our account manager, but also from top executives. Mid-sized companies like ours can feel lost with other providers, but at EarthLink, the escalation process is excellent and we feel like we play a part in each other’s success.”

EarthLink partnered with ANXeBusiness Corp. (ANX), a leading provider of compliance solutions, to offer this comprehensive set of services, which includes:

  • PCI Protect to deliver financial data breach protection and a self-service PCI portal with a set of tools to help retailers meet PCI requirements, including web-based employee training, a self-assessment questionnaire, security policy templates, record-keeping, quarterly self-service ASV vulnerability scans and breach protection for each location.
  • PCI Assist which includes guidance on portal usage, vulnerability remediation assistance, a PCI compliance management roadmap and expert assistance to ensure compliance tasks are met throughout the year.
  • PCI Certify which provides customized, expert professional services to validate the self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ) or deliver a full-service PCI audit needed as for evidence of PCI compliance.

“When we speak with retail CIOs, the increasing risk of data breaches and cost-effective PCI compliance remain top of mind, but many do not know where to start or lack the in-house expertise to tackle the issue,” said Rick Froehlich, EarthLink Executive Vice President, Products and Consumer. “The consequences of a data breach are severe and that’s why EarthLink, with more than 20 years of experience delivering security protection and managed security services, developed this comprehensive suite with financial breach protection and compliance support in partnership with ANX, the leader in PCI compliance.”

With more than two thousand retail customers, including marquee names such as GNC, Advance Auto Parts, HoneyBaked Ham, Genesco and Anna’s Linens, retail is a key vertical market focus for EarthLink. The company’s robust portfolio of networking solutions tailored for the retail space showcases EarthLink’s expertise with secure, managed networks, nationwide private MPLS networks, integrated voice and data and Direct Connect, offering a PCI compliant, secure connection to leading payment processors.

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