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Mako Networks Announces Expanded PCI DSS Certification

Mako Networks Announces Expanded PCI DSS Certification Including Wi-Fi

Company continues leadership in payment security with fourth consecutive Level 1 audit

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – 22 May 2013 – Mako Networks, a cloud-based network management and security company specializing in card fraud risk reduction, has today announced successful completion of its fourth consecutive Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) audit, certified as a Level 1 service provider—the highest level of qualification attainable.

In this year’s audit, Mako was additionally certified for its Wi-Fi networking capabilities, now included as standard in its award-winning Mako 6500 series network appliances. Wi-Fi functionality was added during 2012, and with PCI DSS certification it can now be used to transmit and process credit card data – a key feature in modern retail commerce.

Mako was the first network management company to be certified under the PCI DSS in 2010, and continues to apply its experience and leadership in PCI compliance to a growing number of international operations and deployments.

“The company embraces our PCI DSS audit each year because it gives us a chance to reaffirm the security and capabilities of our system and processes,” said Bill Farmer, Mako Networks CEO. “Adding Wi-Fi to our 6500 appliances and audit this year demonstrates that Mako is ready for the challenges of Bring Your Own Device and the mobile age.”

Mako’s audit was conducted by Verizon Business of Australia, led by a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) that reviewed Mako’s product design and software code, business processes, documentation, facilities and more to verify that Mako operated in accordance with the full PCI DSS criteria. Mako was required to prove compliance across 12 categories and more than 220 specific requirements to attain Level 1 compliance certification.

Any business that processes, stores or transmits credit card data is required to meet the PCI DSS on an annual basis, either by self-assessment for smaller businesses, or by independent audit from a QSA.

The PCI DSS were developed in 2004 by the five major credit card companies (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discovery and JCB) to help reduce the risk of credit card fraud. For more information on the PCI DSS, please visit


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