Secure Cloud Provider FireHost Doesn’t Wait for Deadlines – Achieves PCI DSS 3.0 Certification Early

June 04, 2014

Dallas, TX – June 4, 2014 — FireHost, the secure cloud provider, today announced it has achieved the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) 3.0 certification for its secure cloud infrastructure. FireHost protects applications and data for a variety of businesses – many in the retail and financial industries. Because many of FireHost’s customers are regulated by the same standard, the company elected to secure this credential well before the 2015 requirement date. While achieving PCI DSS 3.0 is an accomplishment that will help FireHost better serve new and existing customers, the company continues to maintain that compliance of any kind must be a function of a larger, comprehensive security effort.

Key Highlights

  • FireHost secured the PCI DSS 3.0 certification in May 2014.
  • The PCI DSS 3.0 guidelines were released in October 2013, ushering in a new era of compliance. The PCI DSS Requirements and Security Assessment Procedures provides complete detail on the updated standard, which now offers companies that deal with cardholder data a better roadmap to security and smoother compliance.
  • FireHost has a history of leading the cloud industry toward compliance standards. In October 2012, FireHost became one of the first service providers to achieve the rigorous HITRUST Common Security Framework certification.


Kurt Hagerman, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
“Because PCI DSS 3.0 isn’t mandatory until 2015, most cloud providers will simply work under PCI DSS 2.0 requirements this year. FireHost, however, felt it was important to demonstrate to our customers how seriously we take meeting this standard by securing our validation early. We’ll continue to help our customers understand the importance of 3.0, and why it must fit into a broader security program. Compliance by itself will not keep businesses secure. Compliance is not security. It must be built into a wider-reaching, risk-based security program. The emphasis that 3.0 puts on security will help businesses shift away from an annual checklist compliance mentality to one that positions security as a daily, business-as-usual task.”

About FireHost

FireHost offers the most secure, managed cloud IaaS available, protecting sensitive data and brand reputations of some of the largest companies in the world. With private, cloud infrastructure built for security, compliance, performance and managed service, responsible businesses choose FireHost to reduce risk and improve the collection, storage and transmission of their most confidential data. FireHost’s secure, managed cloud IaaS is available in Dallas, Phoenix, London, Amsterdam and Singapore, and offers robust, geographically redundant business continuity options across all sites. Based in Dallas, FireHost is the chosen secure private cloud service provider for brands that won’t compromise on the security of their payment card, healthcare, and other regulated data.