21st Century Technologies Receives PCIDSS 3.2 Certification


Emma Okonji

21st Century Technologies Limited has achieved the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS 3.2) certification, the most thorough global payment-card security standard within the industry.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCIDSS) is a set of requirements designed to ensure companies that process, store or transmit credit/debit card information, maintain a secure environment thereby guaranteeing the protection of cardholder data throughout the transaction process. The standard also facilitates the broad adoption of consistent data security measures globally.

The organisation met the 12 stringent different security requirements for the PCI-DSS compliance which led to the award of a level 1 PCI certificate after extensive audit by a leading Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) Panacea. It was done in partnership with its local partners Digital Encode – an award winning Cyber security, Governance, Risk and Compliance advisory firm.

The Chief Technical Officer, Digital Encode, Oluseyi Akindeinde, explained that the level 1 PCI certification is the highest rank available from the major credit card providers and that this is only given to third-party providers who meet the Council’s stringent – and audited – credit/debit card transaction security protocols to protect customers’ personal transaction data.

He noted that the certification is a strong indicator that 21st century technologies Ltd consistently has its customers’ interest at the core of its business operations and is committed to securing customer information as well as maintaining a safe and secure environment for customer data.

The Chief Operating Officer, Digital Encode, Wale Obadare, said the company’s unique methodology is rooted in the concept that a company should run its IT organisation as a business. “Throughout the well-defined process, Digital Encode translates strategic business objectives into sound, achievable technology solutions. This approach ensures that the technology never obscures the business goals. This has been demonstrated in the audit process leading to 21stCentury Technologies PCI DSS 3.2 certification,” he said.