EarthLink Inc., an IT and communications provider, and ANXeBusiness Corp., a provider of compliance solutions, have partnered to launch a PCI Compliance Solution with the PCI compliance validation tools needed to meet Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard requirements, Greg Griffiths, VP of Network Services for EarthLink, said in a company press release.

Providing validation services that retailers and restaurateurs need to achieve PCI compliance, EarthLink's PCI Compliance Solution features $100,000 in breach protection per location, quarterly Authorized Scan Vendor scans, a security policy, Web-based training and self-assessment, and access to an online knowledge base. The new offering will be available March 4.

"Our retail customers have made it clear that they want a partner willing to address overall business issues versus a traditional carrier that provides a connection to a store," Griffiths said.  "Our new PCI Compliance offering aligns well with our long-term strategy for expanding EarthLink's value deeper into our retail customer base. We are also excited to leverage ANX's leadership and PCI DSS market experience to protect our retail and restaurant clients."

EarthLink partnered with ANX to offer this package, which features security technology and powerful tools that make achieving PCI compliance faster and easier for busy retail and restaurant merchants, Griffiths said. For example, EarthLink's PCI Compliance Solution provides a security policy that fulfills the PCI DSS requirements, including an online Self-Assessment questionnaire wizard, to achieve an attestation of compliance.

Designed to minimize a retailer's cost and time to recover from a breach of their cardholder data environment and re-establish PCI compliance, EarthLink's PCI Compliance Solution breach protection of $100,000 per merchant location is intended to cover the costs of a forensic audit or breach discovery assessment, costs of replacing credit cards of affected customers, costs of fines and penalties incurred as a result of a breach and telephone consulting support.

With hundreds of brands, including Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Buffalo Wild Wings, Mama Fu's, Cowboy Chicken and Genghis Grill, among thousands of others, retail continues to be a key vertical market focus for EarthLink and ANX.

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