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Masergy Achieves PCI Certification for Ninth Consecutive Year

Company Offers Industry's Most Comprehensive PCI Vulnerability Analysis, Reporting and Consultation

DALLAS, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 08/27/14 -- Masergy Communications Inc., a global leader in managed networking, advanced cyber security and cloud services, announced today that the company has successfully completed the rigorous Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) lab certification. As a company on the cutting-edge of security, this certification enables Masergy to help organizations protect and harden their networks from advanced threats.

The PCI Data Security Standard (DSS), endorsed by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc., requires merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit customer payment card data to adopt information security controls and processes to ensure data integrity. Participating payment brands require PCI DSS compliance reports by a certified third-party assessor for onsite audits of merchants and service providers that process payment card transactions. More information on the Council and the standard can be found at www.pcisecuritystandards.org

As an ASV for its ninth consecutive year, Masergy's Professional Services team has been helping merchants manage data security risks, evaluate the security of their systems that store payment account data and assist them in achieving compliance with the PCI DSS.

"The PCI Security Standards Council is committed to helping everyone involved in the payment chain protect consumer payment data," said Bob Russo, General Manager, PCI Security Standards Council. "By participating in the ASV certification process, Masergy demonstrates they are playing an active part in this important end goal."

Recent headlines detailing data breaches in retail, financial and healthcare industries underscore the critical need for rigorous data security standards and certification, and the availability of advanced security systems that continually monitor all potential access points in corporate IT systems.

Masergy provides the industry's most comprehensive solution for PCI compliance assurance. The company's detailed process includes network and application security assessments using a combination of multiple security scanning tools to discover vulnerabilities. These automated processes are supplemented with industry-unique manual testing processes.

The results are then cross referenced to ensure all potential system weaknesses are identified while maintaining an extremely low false positive rate. After applicable system changes and software updates are applied, Masergy reassesses the customer's infrastructure to ensure vulnerabilities have been eliminated, and the changes did not introduce new risks into the environment.

"Masergy's rigorous compliance assessment service provides in-depth consultation, end to end compliance testing and detailed technical and executive level reporting," said the Chief Information Security Officer at a leading financial services firm. "Masergy is the only company that provides this level of service."

Masergy's complete set of Security Professional services include:

"Masergy has offered these services for a decade and has developed a high level of expertise. We go beyond simple automated scanning and deploy advanced technologies, that deliver actionable insights to ensure that our customers are secure and compliant," said Chris MacFarland, Masergy's Chief Executive Officer.

Masergy offers enterprises a free security consultation.

About PCI Security Standards Council
The mission of the PCI Security Standards Council is to enhance payment account security by fostering broad adoption of PCI security standards. For more information, please visit www.pcisecuritystandards.org

About Masergy
Masergy owns and operates the largest independent global cloud networking platform for enterprises. Our managed solutions help businesses compete in the global marketplace with real-time analytics, global unified communications as a service (UCaaS), security as a service (SaaS) and software defined network control. Masergy's patented technology, customizable solutions and unmatched customer experience are why a growing number of global enterprises rely on Masergy to deliver performance beyond expectations. For more information about Masergy visit www.masergy.com or follow us on Twitter@Masergy, Blog, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Media Contacts:
Betsey Rogers for Masergy
BridgeView Marketing
603-886-7087
betsey@bridgeviewmarketing.com

Ella Nevill
PCI Security Standards Council
781-876-6248
press@pcisecuritystandards.org

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