SACRAMENTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/23/13 -- RagingWire Data Centers, the nation's premier data center provider , today announced that both of its data center campuses have successfully validated compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) version 2.0. Commercial and government customers that process credit card transactions through RagingWire's data centers have the continued assurance that RagingWire meets or exceeds the industry standard for payment card information security.
"RagingWire's commitment to data protection is evident in our compliance with the PCI DSS and is a differentiator for us among other colocation providers," said William Dougherty , vice president of information technology at RagingWire. "In our daily operations, we stress the importance of physical and logical security. We enforce strict controls and have invested heavily in our employees and infrastructure to protect our customers' computing environments. Our compliance simplifies the certification process for our customers who rely daily on our controls."
RagingWire's PCI DSS compliance  assessment encompassed its two Sacramento data centers  (CA1 and CA2) and its latest data center in Northern Virginia  (VA1), which total over 650,000 square feet of data center capacity. The PCI DSS assessment, completed from August 20, 2012 to November 8, 2012, included an exhaustive review of data center security records, operating procedures, network security protocols, and personnel security efforts. The assessment was performed by BrightLine CPAs & Associates, Inc. (www.brightline.com ), a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) that provides assurance and compliance services to companies worldwide.
"The protection of sensitive cardholder data at all layers is a must-have for a company that plays any role in credit card processing," said Douglas Barbin, principal and PCI practice leader at BrightLine. "RagingWire's continuing compliance to the PCI DSS  highlights their dedication to protecting cardholder data and providing secure data center environments for their merchant and service provider customers."
The PCI DSS, created by the PCI Security Standards Council which includes American Express, Discover, JCB International, MasterCard, and Visa, has paved the way for industry-wide adoption of security policies and procedures surrounding the processing of sensitive payment card and consumer data. The PCI DSS compliance assessment focuses on IT security policy, data protection, network access management and monitoring, physical security, software design, and organization vulnerability management. In addition to PCI DSS compliance, RagingWire's Sacramento and Ashburn data center facilities are also SSAE 16 Type 2 SOC 1 examined with zero exceptions.
For more information about the PCI Data Security Standard, please visit the PCI Security Standards Council website located at www.pcisecuritystandards.org .
About RagingWire Data Centers
RagingWire  designs, builds, and operates mission critical data centers that deliver high-density power and 100% availability. The company has 650,000 square feet of critical data center infrastructure  in Northern California and Ashburn, Virginia and the highest customer loyalty scores in the industry. Their patented power delivery systems and EPA ENERGY STAR rated facilities lead the data center market in reliability and efficiency. With flexible colocation solutions for retail and wholesale buyers, a carrier neutral philosophy, and unmatched customer service, RagingWire meets the needs of top enterprise, Internet, and government organizations. More information is available at www.ragingwire.com .