Archive for the 'PCI Compliance' Category

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Take the Plunge Into the Cloud

Plunge into the cloud with Layered Tech cloud hosting and cloud servicesI have spent the last 12 years working in sales in the hosting industry, and I must say that the last 4+ have been the most interesting with the emergence of cloud hosting in the market. I spend my days working with current and future cloud users, and from what I have gathered over the past few years, new cloud adopters usually have three major concerns when it comes to hosting their applications in the cloud:
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E-Pay Innovator Drives Mobile Commerce in Developing Countries

It was a pleasure to serve as a judge for the e-Pay Innovation award at the recent ETA Expo in New Orleans, LA.  The winner of the $10,000 award was Trak for developing technology aimed at moving Brazil’s population from a paper payment system to a more efficient electronic format.

The ETA Technology Committee oversaw the event, which was part of the 2013 Annual Event and Expo in New Orleans. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided funding for the winner of the e-Pay Innovation Award and offered scholarships for several startup companies to exhibit in the Payments Next Zone section of the Expo.
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Up and to the Right: Layered Tech advances in Gartner Magic Quadrant

Gartner Research logoGartner recently published the 2013 edition of the Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting which included Layered Tech. Since our first inclusion in 2010, Layered Tech has significantly increased our ranking and position with respect to completeness of vision and ability to execute. We have consistently moved up and to the right.

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Comparing Managed Service Providers – Full Service versus Service Ready

Managed services and compliance as a service: Service SignOne component of selling Layered Tech’s managed services is dealing with the competitive comparison issue, as prospective clients attempt to determine which service provider is the best fit for their IT management needs. The need to compare Layered Tech to our competition is understandable, but the breadth of our available capabilities makes direct comparisons difficult.

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ETA 2012 Strategic Leadership Forum – Round Table Discussion

SLF12-LOGOI was very fortunate to be on the ETA Technology Committee who led the Round Table Discussion this year at the 2012 Strategic Leadership Forum, held at the Breakers Hotel in West Palm Beach.  The participants included notable thought leaders and entrepreneurs who provided great insight into this topic which is evolving rapidly.  It is remarkable to see how the aggregator/ “micro” merchant model, through the convergence of technology, is forever changing the industry.  It will be interesting to see how providers respond to this new challenge, and potential opportunity, as they adapt their offerings.

Thanks to ETA for another great forum and we are looking forward to the 2013 Strategic Leadership Forum in Scottsdale, AZ!

Steve Chu, Regional Sales ManagerAbout the Author: As Regional Sales Manager for Layered Tech, Steve Chu (@stevendkchu), brings over 9 years of experience to the Payment and PCI Compliant Hosting industry.  His background prior to Layered Tech was with HMS/Micros Systems, which provides a point-of-sale solution for the hospitality industry, and also with global IT consulting firm, Sogeti Capgemini.

Mixing Clients in the Cloud

The recently announced Layered Tech Cloud Data Center platform extends our experience in delivering secure and compliance solutions to the cloud, without sacrificing business agility. We have operated secure multi-tenant virtualized platforms for many years including our virtual private server (VPS) platform (since 2007) and our Matrix community cloud (since 2009). Now we offer a completely virtualized cloud data center environment with optional PCI and HIPAA compliance service and guarantee.

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Blog Series: Reducing Risk with PCI-Compliant and Secure Community Clouds, Part III

By Jeff Reich, Chief Risk Officer, Layered Tech

In parts one and two of this blog series, we’ve examined how community clouds are viable environments for PCI compliance, and in this segment we will explore how security is instrumental in guarding against data breaches.

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Blog Series: Reducing Risk with PCI-Compliant and Secure Community Clouds, Part II

By Jeff Reich, Chief Risk Officer, Layered Tech

In the first installment of this series, we looked at the magnitude in which companies are experiencing security data breaches and how PCI compliance can help businesses overcome these issues.  In this installment, we’ll examine how community clouds are emerging as an alternative environment for companies looking to achieve PCI compliance and robust security while also reaping benefits including reduced overhead.

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Blog Series: Reducing Risk with PCI-Compliant and Secure Community Clouds

By Jeff Reich, Chief Risk Officer, Layered Tech

It seems almost daily a new report emerges detailing how a company suffered a data security breach, resulting in the release of sensitive data for hundreds of people.  To help guard against these attacks, companies can become PCI compliant, but it is not an easy goal to achieve and does not guarantee complete and total security.  As an alternative, community clouds provided through third-party resources like Layered Tech offer security options and a path to compliance without the cost and labor issues present with in-house systems.

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