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Optus scores certification for Smart Pay (Credit: stebulus/Flickr - http://bit.ly/q3Cy0x)Optus' payment solution for businesses has become the first in Australia to become compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

The telco's Smart Pay payment solution provides a comprehensive out-sourced platform allowing customers to pay businesses over the telephone, Internet or via a call centre at anytime.

With the increasing risk of fraudelent activity online, Optus sought certification to assure clients that its Smart Pay solution meets strict security criteria, partnering with Australian bank ANZ to ensure its certification was a success.

'More and more people are transacting online, so protecting their personal data is critical,' Trudy Holtzhausen, Acting Director for Fixed Products and Marketing at Optus Business said in a statement yesterday.

'We have invested a significant amount of time and resource to achieve PCI DSS compliance for Optus Business SmartPay so our customers can give their customers greater assurance that their financial data is safe.'

Compliance with the standard means the telco's payment solution, marketed by the company as being 'a secure, automated end-to-end payment solution,' has met strict criteria that theoretically is designed to protect against hacking, fraud and other security vulnerabilities.


Now that Optus has gained accreditation, it'll be forced to continuously look over its network infrastructure for vulnerabilities, as well as ensuring it has an up-to-date information security policy that guides the security protocols surrounding the sensitive information stored by the company.

Most Australian banks are heavily involved in the PCI DSS standard, and continuously monitor certified organisations to ensure they continue to meet the strict guidelines imposed upon them. According to Optus, that's why ANZ was chosen to become a strategic partner.

'The PCI Security Standards Council offers robust and comprehensive standards and supporting materials to enhance payment card data security. These materials include a framework of specifications, tools, measurements and support resources to help organizations ensure the safe handling of cardholder information at every step,' the certification's official site says of the standard.

'Optus worked closely with ANZ Bank as its strategic partner to support the efforts to meet this global security standard,' the company said in a statement.

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