SITA receives PCI certification for AirportConnect Open

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SITAs 'AirportConnect Open' product
Visa Inc. has confirmed SITA as a PCI Compliant Global Service Provider for its common-use platform – AirportConnect Open. AirportConnect Open is used by more than 300 airlines to process millions of passengers every day in more than 400 airports around the world.

SITA has achieved Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) certification as a service provider of its common-use platform AirportConnect Open.

PCI DSS is the security standard developed by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide, and Visa Inc to provide fraud protection to their cardholders. Any organisation that processes, stores or transmits cardholder data is required to comply with these security standards.

“SITA is meeting the increasing requirements of the air transport community as it brings common-use passenger processing environments to a more efficient and secure level,” said Ilya Gutlin, SITA Vice-President for Airport Services. “SITA is now the first, and only, service provider to receive certification to the PCI DSS for a common-use platform, and be recognised by Visa as a PCI Compliant Service Provider.”

He added: “Airports are ultimately responsible for their annual PCI compliance assessment across all areas and so they will need to add PCI compliancy as a required specification for all future system installations. But knowing part of the environment, namely their passenger processing provided and managed by SITA, is already compliant will make the airport’s PCI assessment easier.”

More information is available here.

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