VikingCloud has announced CCS Advantage, a self-service Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance and cybersecurity programme for Level 4 businesses. CCS Advantage integrates VikingCloud’s new Cyber Risk Score and proprietary threat scanning technology into its global PCI DSS compliance process. VikingCloud’s Cyber Risk Score is a patent-pending innovation for automated cybersecurity risk assessments and remediation recommendations based on VikingCloud’s unique cybersecurity and PCI compliance dataset. The company currently has 28 granted patents.

Kevin Pierce, Chief Product Officer at VikingCloud, said: “Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are the number one target of all data breaches and are often too small to hire cybersecurity talent to help them navigate increasingly complex online threats. CCS Advantage is designed to give the most vulnerable businesses tools to easily understand their cyber risk as part of the PCI DSS compliance process, no technical skills or internal resources required.”

CCS Advantage’s high-tech, low-touch cyber defence means SMBs can focus on growing their business, while VikingCloud focuses on their business continuity, resiliency, and compliance requirements with proven, scalable, global PCI DSS compliance programmes. VikingCloud is the partner of choice for many global acquirers, payment processors, and ISOs, supporting more than 4 million businesses in 70 countries. VikingCloud has had Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) and Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) accreditation by the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) since its launch nearly 20 years ago.

CCS Advantage and the VikingCloud Cyber Risk Score are expected to be accessible globally to VikingCloud partners and customers in late Q2 2024

VikingCloud’s patented and proprietary cybersecurity scanning solutions and payment card compliance data will be used to automatically check merchant risk status in five key categories, including Website Security, External Network Security, Internal Network Security, PCI Compliance Gaps, and Current Cybersecurity Tool Usage. Vulnerabilities will be identified, rated, and combined to create a single customer-specific score on an A-F grade scale, providing an easy-to-understand indicator of potential cybersecurity risk.

Jim Burke, CEO at VikingCloud, added: “We know that over 70% of small businesses rely on a website to grow their business and most are unprepared to protect themselves from cybercriminals. That’s an ever-present risk for their bottom line and for their payment processor, acquirer, or ISO. Protecting cardholder data and keeping business uninterrupted from cyber threats can no longer be a ‘point-in-time’ effort. CCS Advantage brings PCI Compliance and cybersecurity together, providing our most at-risk merchants with the insights and tools they need for ‘always-on’ cyber defence.”

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