DENVER, September 8, 2008 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that multiple Qwest® CyberCenter® Collocation services and Qwest Contact Center Solutions have been found to satisfactorily meet the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) requirements related to the protection of cardholder data. Industry-accepted DSS standards were established to help organizations proactively protect customer account data through accepted requirements for security management, policies, procedures, network architecture, software design and other critical protective measures. 

Companies interested in learning more about the importance of PCI compliance for their business are invited to attend a free Webinar hosted by Qwest and Cisco entitled, “Best Practices to Achieve and Maintain PCI DSS Compliance,” on Wed., Sept. 10, at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. To register, visit

A qualified third-party security assessment company recently evaluated select Qwest solutions against security standards relied upon by major payment card companies. As a result, the following products have been recognized as PCI DSS-compliant:

  • Qwest Hosting Services (including CyberCenter Collocation)
  • Qwest Hosted IVR
  • Q Routing® service (automated call routing)
  • Managed Backup & Storage
  • Managed Firewalls – VPN
  • Qwest Contact Center Call Recording

“Customers demand and deserve the assurance that their communications provider is qualified to help them protect critical customer information,” said Neil E. Cox, executive vice president for Product at Qwest. “Qwest has a history of implementing among the highest security standards, and maintains constant vigilance with regard to data security. This recognition is just one component of our ongoing commitment to providing data and information protection.”


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