My Digital Shield to Partner with PCI Security Standards Council to Improve Payment Data Security Worldwide

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As Council’s newest Participating Organization, My Digital Shield will play a contributing role in the development of PCI security standards

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“We look forward to playing a contributing role in helping the PCI Security Standards Council improve its standards to better ensure the safety of consumers and business owners alike," said Andrew Bagrin, CEO and founder, My Digital Shield.

My Digital Shield(MDS), a leading provider of Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) for small businesses, announced today that it has joined the PCI Security Standards Council as a new Participating Organization. My Digital Shield will work with the Council to achieve and improve payment data security worldwide through the ongoing development of the PCI Security Standards, including the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), PIN Transaction Security (PTS) requirements and the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS).

Endorsed by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc., the PCI Security Standards require merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit customer payment card data to adhere to information security controls and processes that ensure data protection – not just once a year, but as part of a business-as-usual security posture. To enhance payment data security globally while embracing new technologies as they are developed, the Council relies on involvement of those across the payments processing chain, from merchants and service providers to payment device manufacturers and software developers, financial institutions and processors.

As a Participating Organization, My Digital Shield adds its voice to the standards setting process and will receive previews of drafts of standards and supporting materials in order to provide feedback to shape their final versions, as well as engage a growing community of more than 700 organizations united to improve payment security worldwide.

My Digital Shield will also have the opportunity to recommend new initiatives for consideration to the PCI Security Standards Council, participate in exclusive webinars and question and answer sessions with Council representatives, and review and discuss new versions of the PCI Security Standards while sharing cross-sector experiences and best practices at the annual Community Meetings.

“In an era of increasingly sophisticated attacks on systems, adhering to the PCI DSS represents an entity’s best protection against network security threats and data breaches,” said Stephen W. Orfei, general manager of the PCI Security Standards Council. “By joining as a Participating Organization, My Digital Shield demonstrates they are playing an active part in mitigating the threats and improving the security of the payment chain globally by driving the security standards to higher levels of adoption and strength.”

“As we continue to see organizations large and small fall victim to cyber breaches and emerging threats, staying PCI compliant is more critical now than it’s ever been,” said Andrew Bagrin, CEO and founder, My Digital Shield. “We look forward to playing a contributing role in helping the PCI Security Standards Council improve its standards to better ensure the safety of consumers and business owners alike.”

About the PCI Security Standards Council
The PCI Security Standards Council is a global forum that is responsible for the development, management, education, and awareness of the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and other standards that increase payment data security. Founded in 2006 by the major payment card brands American Express, Discover, JCB International, MasterCard and Visa Inc., the Council has 700 Participating Organizations representing merchants, banks, processors and vendors worldwide. To learn more about playing a part in securing payment card data globally, please visit: http://www.pcisecuritystandards.org.

Connect with the PCI Council on LinkedIn. Join the conversation on Twitter @PCISSC.

About My Digital Shield:
My Digital Shield (MDS) is a leading provider of Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) that delivers enterprise-level security technology to small businesses. Based on industry-leading unified threat management (UTM) technology, MDS’ customizable cloud-based security solution offers continual protection against cyber threats and intrusion at an affordable price. With no bandwidth pollution, the SECaaS delivery model ensures that the latest virus definitions and threat updates are in use for continual threat assessment. Founded in 2013, MDS serves numerous managed service providers (MSPs) and small businesses in various industries including retail, restaurants, hospitality, and professional services. To learn more, visit http://www.mydigitalshield.com or follow on Twitter @MyDigitalShield.

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