As an extension of EarthLink’s product portfolio designed specifically for retailers, EarthLink, an IT and communications provider, and ANX, a provider of compliance solutions, announced a new PCI Compliance Solution complete with the PCI compliance validation tools needed to meet Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requirements.

Providing validation services that retailers and restaurateurs need to achieve PCI compliance, EarthLink’s PCI Compliance Solution features $100,000 in breach protection per location, quarterly Authorized Scan Vendor (ASV) scans, a security policy, Web-based training and self-assessment, and access to an online knowledge base. The new offering will be available March 4, 2013.

EarthLink partnered withANXeBusiness Corp. to offer this package, which features security technology and powerful tools that make achieving PCI compliance faster and easier for busy retail and restaurant merchants.

For example, EarthLink’s PCI Compliance Solution provides a security policy that fulfills the PCI DSS requirements, including an online Self-Assessment questionnaire wizard, to achieve an attestation of compliance.

Designed to minimize a retailer’s cost and time to recover from a breach of its cardholder data environment and re-establish PCI compliance, EarthLink’s PCI Compliance Solution breach protection of $100,000 per merchant location is intended to cover the costs of a forensic audit or breach discovery assessment, costs of replacing credit cards of affected customers, costs of fines and penalties incurred as a result of a breach, and telephone consulting support.

"Our retail customers have made it clear that they want a partner willing to address overall business issues versus a traditional carrier that provides a connection to a store. Our new PCI Compliance offering aligns well with our long-term strategy for expanding EarthLink’s value deeper into our retail customer base," says Greg Griffiths, vice president of network services for EarthLink. "We are also excited to leverage ANX’s leadership and PCI DSS market experience to protect our retail and restaurant clients."

With hundreds of marquee retail customers—including GNC Nutrition Centers, Honey Baked Ham, and The Sleep Train, plus restaurant brands Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Buffalo Wild Wings, Mama Fu’s, Cowboy Chicken, and Genghis Grill, among thousands of others—retail continues to be a key vertical market focus for EarthLink and ANX.

EarthLink’s robust portfolio of networking solutions tailored to the retail space showcases EarthLink’s expertise with secure, managed IP networks, nationwide private MPLS networks, integrated voice and data, and Direct Connect, offering a fast, secure direct connection to leading payment processors.