“Atos Origin obtains Visa and Mastercard PCI-DSS certification for its fully secure online payment platform”

Paris, 23 May 2006

Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin Company, today announces that it has been awarded PCI-DSS certification (Payment Card Industry – Data Security Standard) for its fully secure online payment platform. After 10 years of continuous growth, Atos Worldline platform is the first in France to be certified to the highest requirements of the standard set by Visa and Mastercard. This project has been carried out by Atos Worldline on CEDICAM Group's request - Payment Flows and Systems subsidiary of Crédit Agricole bank.

The main purpose of the PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry – Data Security Standard) programme set by Visa and MasterCard is to increase the security of bankcard holder's data transmitted by internet users when buying online, by strictly controlling the storage of numbers.

PCI-DSS certification comprises a thorough security audit of the online payment system, carried out by an independent audit firm, accredited by Visa and Mastercard. It comprises 185 points for verification, ranging from controls of card data management through to approving security tests carried out by Atos Worldline on its security system.

This complex accreditation process lasted three years and required the creation of a dedicated team within Atos Worldline. The PCI-DSS programme calls for a very high standard of security. The changes applied as part of the certification process required questioning, and analysing the entire structure of online payment solutions, along with their environment. The level of security had to be enhanced, but without impacting on existing functions, while also ensuring customer services continuity.
Keeping this certification involves constantly updating online payment systems, together with regular audits of the payment platform.

This certification is of great benefit to thousands of retailers who place their trust in Atos Worldline to secure their online payments, since this enables them to benefit from PCI-DSS accreditation and thereby to guarantee their customers a very high standard of security,” states Jean-Jacques Milhem, certification project manager at Atos Worldline.

Banks data security is at the heart of Crédit Agricole's concerns. In regard to the e-Commerce growth and the related risks of fraud, CEDICAM Group required Atos Worldline to be PCI-DSS certified.

Atos Worldline is the French leader in online payment services with over 7,000 merchant sites in France using the IPS solutions (Internet Payment Solutions) and over 55 million transactions processed every year.

CEDICAM is the Payment Flows and Systems subsidiary of Crédit Agricole. The Group's activities are at the heart of the bank field and at the center of the networks that handle Crédit Agricole's information transfers – financial or non financial. In addition to providing a framework for strategic thinking with respect to this field, it designs and pilots the information systems needed for processing transactions (management of all domestic and international flows, those involving large amounts, etc.) and oversees the electronic payment sector for the Group. In 2005, CEDICAM personalised 9,3 million cards; it handled 5 billion transactions and over 1 billion card authorisations.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5,5 billion and it employs over 47,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors . Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin company - Atos Worldline is a major European player in the processing of large-volume electronic exchanges, specialising in electronic payment services, CRM and e-services (internet, voice and mobile services). With the focus on technological innovation, Atos Worldline implements its solutions in processing or integration mode. Atos Worldline has 2,600 employees in Europe and has an annual turnover of €400 million.

Press contact:
Emilie Moreau
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Email : emilie.moreau@atosorigin.com