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Continuous Availability

Continuous Availability: Continuous availability is a standard, or goal, for many information technology (IT) professionals, especially server administrators, with regard to data access. This standard means that data on a server or other service can be accessed at all times, even if some type of error or malfunction occurs with software or hardware. Such availability can be implemented in a number of different ways, often involving redundancy in hardware and software, backup systems in case of failure, and software that handles transitions between systems invisibly. Continuous availability has become increasingly important as vital and non-vital businesses have become more dependent on digital information and technology. (Source:

An Introduction to becoming PCI Compliant

Section: Research
This white paper discusses the background of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), its commercial and technological implications. It includes a case study of implementing the PCI DSS Standard and how this experience could help you to reduce lead times, lower audit costs and reduce infrastructure expenditure for your own business’s PCI compliance programme. Every merchant that processes card payments and retains card payment d ...   read more

12 Steps to becoming PCI Compliant

Section: Articles
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (abbreviated to PCI DSS or commonly, just PCI) is a set of 12 requirements designed to secure and protect customer payment data. These 12 requirements of PCI DSS compliance can be quite daunting for any merchant. These are listed below:   Build and Maintain a Secure Network  read more

The commercial implications of PCI

Section: Articles
Ultimately there is no escape from PCI. Whether you are a sophisticated multinational retailer or a small business that accepts card payments – online or offline, it is widely expected that much more rigorous enforcement will be commonplace from 2012.   Technologies and strategies for dealing with PCI are still catching up, although technolog ...   read more

What is PCI?

Section: Articles
Every merchant that processes card payments and retains card payment details must adopt the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).  Failure to do so can result in merchants being subject to substantial fines, higher transaction costs or ultimately the suspension of banking facilities.   A single retailer, or merchant, can process millions payment card transactions each year. If an unauthorised route is found into that merchant’s ...   read more