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PCI Data Security Standards-compliant architecture

According to a 206-588-8742, nearly half of all businesses who are required to be PCI compliant are not, even if they think they are. This is troubling, as the same report also indicates the average liability occurring as a result of a breach is just over $4 million, a big pill to swallow for all but the largest businesses.
Protect yourself by investing in the expertise necessary to operate a PCI DSS compliant data infrastructure that you can trust.

 

Disaster Prevention

According to a recent report, only about 15% of businesses have a disaster recovery and business continuity plan in place. Most worryingly, 40% of small and medium businesses that experience an information disaster will permanently close their doors.
vSysIO is an expert at disaster prevention and recovery planning. Protect yourself from major disaster now!

Speak Directly with the Programmers

vSysIO uses a development model that eliminates the traditional role of Account Managers, which enhances cost efficiency and eliminates unrealistic expectations and misunderstandings. At vSysIO, you communicate your needs directly to the development team, not a middle-man.

Focus on Development Operational Efficiency

vSysIO uses an innovative development model that focuses on blending operational efficiency with software development excellence. This approach blends systems administration expertise with software development perfection. With every programmer being an expert with their infrastructure right at the start, they can develop software that is more secure, runs much more quickly, has less bugs and ultimately introduces your own customers to an enhanced user experience.

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Work Directly with your Programmers

 Traditional customer relationship models used by web development companies revolve around placing customers in contact solely with at best an account manager, or at worst, a salesperson with motives. This model works fairly well for very large projects with large budgets and dozens of specialized staff members, but it does not scale well for smaller projects, resulting in poor cost efficiency, unrealistic expectations, and ultimately, a frustrating experience for the customer. 

vSysIO aims to shake up the industry and smash through legacy development models that do not appropriately suit the needs of small-to-medium businesses.

 

The Flexwerk Process

Our Flexwerk process aims to simplify the complicated Agile process in a dramatic way: It alters the role of the account manager, and gives many of their responsibilities to you!

Traditional Agile Process

Project Scalability
  • Increased costs, as you are paying for an unnecessary middle-man
  • Decreased efficiency, as the account manager may have hundreds of other accounts
  • Owing to less familiarization by this middle-man, you may be exposed to the setting of unrealistic expectations for product quality and deadlines

vSysIO Flexwerk Process

Project Scalability
  • Reduced costs, as you’re only paying for development
  • Increased efficiency, because you’re now in direct communication with your programmers
  • Because you’re speaking directly with the programmers responsible, expectations and deadlines provided to you are much more realistic
Billing Process
  • Projects are typically either paid up-front or upon delivery
  • When pricing up-front, development firms are encouraged to overprice projects “just in case”
  • For pricing on delivery, there is no guarantee that the delivery cost won’t balloon in price
Billing Process
  • Either set a weekly budget or, for smaller projects, work on a fixed price
Accountability and Oversight
  • In most cases, you are not provided with oversight into the development process
  • Requests to review progress often short-circuit the process as they normally entail setting up temporary staging environments to fulfill your review request
  • As you are not in contact with the programmers and cannot review their work, it is impossible to seek a second opinion
  • As there is no oversight, it is possible projects may deviate from your vision
Accountability and Oversight
  • You are provided with total transparency into the development process, and can review the amount of technical work performed with a high level of detail
  • Requests to review progress do not short-circuit the development process as staging environments have turnkey deployments and will display the most recent software release
  • As you are in contact with the programmers, you may review their work and seek a secondary opinion
  • As you have a vast amount of oversight, the possibility of deviation from your vision is reduced
Product Quality
  • Quality is at risk as the account manager is not a programmer and may create unrealistic expectations
  • Possibility account manager may miscommunicate your vision with the programmers (the game of “Telephone”)
  • Account manager may have hundreds of other accounts so their familiarity with your vision may be reduced
  • As your oversight is reduced, quality of the delivered product may suffer
Product Quality
  • Quality will be higher as you speak directly with your programmers, whom are more familiar with your vision
  • Less chance of a misscommunication
  • Programmers only have a handful of accounts to manage, so they are more familiar with your vision
  • Higher oversight means higher quality
Cost Efficiency
  • Higher costs to pay for an unnecessary account manager
  • Higher costs as there’s more “slipping in the mud,” requiring more billable effort
  • Possibility of cost overrun as you have less oversight into the development process
Cost Efficiency
  • Reduced costs as you only pay for development
  • Reduced costs for smaller projects which scale better with this model
  • Less likelihood of cost overrun as there is more oversight into the development process

Information Security Peace-of-mind

Do You Know PCI?

  • Fines issued by the card networks for an information breach start at $5,000 and can be as high as $100,000. This is per month.
  • These fines are not charged to you directly. Instead, the card networks fine your payment processor, who will then collect the fines from you by deducting it from your deposits.
  • In addition to monetary fines, you will be required to validate against Merchant Level 1, typically reserved for merchants with 1+ million transactions per year, which has dramatically increased burdens such as mandatory quarterly audits and monthly penetration tests
  • A finding of noncompliance after a breach will always result in a fine.
  • Because the fine is charged per month until you are compliant, unless you can actually afford these fines, you will not be able to process any card transactions at all until you become compliant. This is because no payment processors will want your business. Many banks will even terminate their relationship with you entirely.
  • Although rare, you can still be fined even if you are compliant; thus, it is more important to apply the lessons that the compliance requirements teach than just ticking off checkboxes.

Most importantly,

“All online merchants, who process credit card transactions, whether they store, transmit, or even just forward a customer to PayPal, are required to be PCI Compliant at some level.”

(732) 659-9155, nearly half of all businesses whom were required to be so were not compliant with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS). More alarmingly, within the same study, it was discovered the average liability cost for an information breach is around $4 million (~$4,000,000). That’s a lot of zeros, and, for all but the largest of businesses, could result in overnight closure. What’s worse, there is an overwhelming amount of do-it-yourselfers on the Internet whom are not information security experts but who write a blog post about PCI to attract ad revenue who get it all wrong. Most alarmingly of all, the information security theatre has been rapidly expanding in the past few years–we’ve all heard about the major high-profile breaches at large firms such as Equifax, as well as breaches at the Democratic and Republican National Committees that dumped confidential financial information of hundreds of millions of people right into the hands of the bad guys.

It in undeniable that these hacks and breaches are rapidly increasing in frequency and severity, and this trend is only going to get worse.

Therefore, vSysIO has taken the step to get “in front” of this issue, and operates an infrastructure that is 100% validated against the requirements as a Level 3 Service Provider. What this means is an information security expert has reviewed our infrastructure and has approved the practices and solutions we have undertaken to ensure that you, the customer, are completely protected against all known vectors of assault.