“Atos Origin’s Secure Payment Platform Earns Renewed Level 1 PCI DSS Certification from Visa and MasterCard”
Paris – October 21, 2009
Guaranteeing the highest level of security for remote payments For the fourth consecutive year, Atos Worldline, which brings together Atos Origin's core expertise in hi-tech transactional services, has been awarded Level 1 certification under Visa and MasterCard's Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) for its European SIPS secure payment platform. Based on version 1.2 of the standard, the renewed certification has confirmed Atos Worldline's ability to guarantee the highest level of security during the online shopping process, and showcases the company's commitment to continuous improvement in its services.
The main purpose of the PCI DSS program set up by Visa and MasterCard is to enhance the security of payment account data transmitted by cardholders while making purchases via the Internet, interactive voice response (IVR) servers or cell phones by strictly controlling the storage of card numbers.
The PCI DSS certification process involves a comprehensive security audit of the SIPS online payment system, carried out by an independent audit firm accredited by Visa and MasterCard. The audit comprises 987 checkpoints that cover everything from card data management control to the validation of the security tests conducted by Atos Worldline on its system.
“The Level 1 PCI DSS program requires a very high level of security, the continuous improvement of online payment systems and regular investment,” says Jean-Pascal Duvet, the head of Atos Worldline's Remote Payment Business Unit. “Atos Worldline's ability to meet the new certification criteria demonstrates our teams' ongoing commitment to offering increasingly secure services.”
France's leading online payment service since 1996, Atos Worldline's SIPS solution is used on more than 22,000 e-commerce sites in Europe, processing transactions worth over €16 billion per year. Through its partnerships with most of the leading French and European banks, the SIPS platform is able to accept virtually all of the payment methods available in Europe via a variety of channels, including the Internet, cell phones and secure IVR. The platform also helps to combat fraud and offers cardholders maximum protection, thanks to tailored authentication and scoring solutions.
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is a leading international information technology (IT) services company, providing hi-tech transactional services, consulting, systems integration and managed operations to deliver business outcomes globally. The company's annual revenues are €5.5 billion and it employs 50,000 people. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
About Atos Worldline
Atos Worldline brings together Atos Origin's core expertise in hi-tech transactional services. A leader in end-to-end services for critical electronic transactions, Atos Worldline specializes in electronic payment services (issuing, acquiring, terminals, card and non-card payment solutions & processing), eCS (eServices for customers, citizens and communities) and services for financial markets. Atos Worldline's on-going commitment to research and innovation enables its customers to benefit from award-winning solutions in areas such as mobile payments, secure IPTV, online CRM and paperless solutions. Atos Worldline generates annual revenues of €814 million and employs over 4,800 people in Europe.
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