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Road to Security: Our SOC2 and PCI Certifications - The Connection - ContactCenterWorld.com Blog

Road to Security: Our SOC2 and PCI Certifications

Data security is top-of-mind with everyone now, especially anyone who shops online. So, it is critical that call centers assure customers and business partners that their credit card and other sensitive information is safe. In order to build that trust, many call centers take the necessary steps to obtain Service Organization Control (SOC2) and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS or PCI for short) certifications, which offers independent third-party verification that a call center is using stringent security measures.

Here at The Connection®, we are proud to be both SOC2 compliant and PCI certified. Here is what that means for call centers like us.

What is PCI?

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard was created by the major credit card brands. The goal is to protect credit and debit card transactions against potential fraud or theft.

The PCI standard applies to companies of all sizes that accept, store, or transmit credit card payment data. The current version of the PCI standard includes more than 400 security controls organized into 12 primary requirements with six security goals:

  1. Build and maintain a secure network
  2. Protect cardholder data
  3. Maintain a vulnerability management program
  4. Implement strong access control measures
  5. Regularly monitor and test networks
  6. Maintain an information security policy

What is SOC2?

Service Organization Controls were created by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. SOC2 is an audit procedure that helps service providers, such as call centers, establish and monitor data protection controls based on specific “trust service principles.” These are:

  1. Security
  2. Availability (performance monitoring)
  3. Processing integrity of the systems used to process data
  4. Confidentiality (such as encryption)
  5. Privacy of the information processed by these systems

Certifications Are Not “One and Done”

We monitor numerous aspects of our PCI and SOC2 compliance requirements on an ongoing basis to ensure all protections are functioning as planned. Both certifications require ongoing security monitoring and compliance enforcement day in and day out.

However, to retain our certified status, we must also conduct an annual audit of our programs. This annual review is not merely an opportunity to check boxes off a list. Re-certification requires documentation and evidence showing various compliance activities occurring daily, monthly, quarterly, etc. We also conduct regular security training and awareness initiatives for all employees.

The annual audit involves several steps:

  • First, we identify the types of sensitive data we are collecting, storing, and transmitting within our call center environment. We also identify which of our systems are involved with those processes. This helps us define the scope of our audit.
  • We complete a risk analysis to determine any potential security vulnerabilities and associated threats. The best way to reduce risk is to store the minimum amount of sensitive data and remove any data we don’t need.
  • We work hand-in-hand with our PCI or SOC2 auditor to map the compliance requirements to our existing controls. Mapping helps to identify gaps, so we can then develop a plan to implement or improve controls not already in place.

PCI and SOC2 both require extensive documentation of security policies, procedures, and monitoring activities.

Conclusion

Customer trust is critical for call center success. At The Connection®, we take that trust seriously, and our PCI and SOC2 certifications demonstrate that. For us, it is one more way we can ensure we are giving our clients and their customers the best possible call center experience.

Source: https://blog.theconnectioncc.com/soc2-and-pci-certifications

Publish Date: November 15, 2018 5:00 AM


2021 Buyers Guide Headsets

 
1.) 
All Ears Ltd

Freemate headsets, and sanitary solutions for headsets
Freemate headsets available, corded and wireless for telephony and USB. 3 year warranty compatible with all model phones. We supply accessories from downleads, USB leads, ear cushions, leatherettes and we service call centre headsets, these are sanitised and repaired or serviced as required.

We supply the corporate environment, Government departments, security, medical and professional offices and meet the needs of many of New Zealand's SOHO market.

We can even develop and create one-off solutions for those with mobility or disability limitations opening up a world of freedom in communications. And we like to have fun on the journey.

2.) 
Comfort Telecommunications

Smith Corona Headsets
3 year warranty compatible with all model phones. Accessories also available. Cords, earpads, etc all factory direct pricing

3.) 
CTCOMM

Plantronics
Jabra
Sennheiser

4.) 
Headsets123


Since 1998 Headsets123 has been supplying Call Center Grade corded phone headsets, wireless headsets, headset telephones and a wide range of headset accessories to accommodate Medical, Insurance, Financial offices and large Call Centers environments offering you value, comfort, flexibility and increased productivity in your day to day business.

Our offices are located just outside of Seattle, WA. We hope you enjoy our wide range of headsets and accessories.

5.) 
Jabra

Jabra
Jabra is a leader in engineering communications and sound solutions – innovating to empower both consumers and businesses. We are committed to letting people hear more, do more, and be more than they ever thought possible. Through sound and video, we help transform lives. Jabra engineering excellence leads the way, building on 150 years of pioneering work. This allows us to create integrated headsets and communications tools that help professionals work more productively; wireless headphones and earbuds that let consumers better enjoy calls, music, and media; and pioneering video conferencing solutions, enabling seamless collaboration between distributed teams. Jabra employs approx. 1,400 people worldwide

6.) 
JPL Telecom

Based in Dorset, England, JPL designs and manufactures innovative professional telecom headsets. We have a wide range of professional telecom and call centre use headsets in wired, wireless DECT and Bluetooth styles.

Making sure that your customer’s voice can be heard is vital. JPL Telecom ensures that your customer’s experience is first-class. All headsets have our Surround Shield™ noise cancellation to make certain your customer only hears what you want them to hear. Comfortable and attractively designed headsets are built to withstand the constant use in any call centre environment.

Our aim is to continuously improve customer choice, offering a fair price and value to our resellers and end users.

7.) 
Unicom Services Ltd.

Contact center headsets and conference solutions
Unicom Services Ltd. is a distributor of professional headsets and communication solutions for all possible applications.

Products and Services:
* Headsets for contact center, office, small office and home, mobile phones, computer headsets and adapters.

* Conference systems - audio video terminals, personal and group multipoint conferences.

* Telecom Products - office wired and wireless phones, dect systems, softphones.

* Video conference software for contact centers and offices.

* Unified Communication Solution.

8.) 
Xiamen Mairdi Electronic Technology Co., Ltd

Call Center Headsets
Mairdi is a professional call center headsets maker in China. We've designed, produced and exported professional communication headsets for 16 years. Our headsets were exported to over 120 countires in the world.
Our headsets are widely compatible with nearly all IP Phones, desk phones, PC and mobiles. They are all noise cancelling and with built-in hearing protection technology. Our headset accessories are Plantronics or Jabra compatible. All the headsets and accessories are CE,FCC, RoHS certificated.
 



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