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From the start Trustmarque was involved in scoping Sportingbet’s PCI Compliance requirements and helped it to understand all the necessary steps and processes

Sportingbet Takes The Gamble Out Of IT With Trustmarque

- Sportingbet achieves PCI compliance and cost effective licensing with Trustmarque Solutions

York, UK, 23rd June 2011 – Value Added Reseller (VAR) Trustmarque Solutions announced today that it has helped online gaming company, Sportingbet, meet the compliance requirements of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

Sportingbet has over half a million customers located in 26 countries worldwide and offers more than 8,000 different betting opportunities every day. Sportingbet is an incredibly busy and rapidly expanding online business whose lifeblood depends on technology to deliver online entertainment, meaning any downtime could have severe consequences on the health of the business. The company must ensure that it is open for business 24/7/365 days a year and it must maintain 99.99 per cent uptime – its competitors are literally a click away.

PCI DSS applies to all organisations that store, process or transmit cardholder data – so for Sportingbet this was a critical requirement. Compliance is validated annually for the company by onsite assessment audits and additionally by network scans. Failure to comply can result in stiff fines and in some cases close of trading which could result in a huge loss of earnings. Sportingbet realised that it needed external help in order to successfully pass the onsite audit.

Sportingbet invited a number of organisations to tender for the business. Trustmarque was evaluated against other potential suppliers and won hands down as Mark Grimes, CTO for Sportingbet explains:

“We had history and an established relationship with Trustmarque having worked with the organisation since 2009 where Trustmarque gave us some support and advice around licensing options and helped us review various licensing scenarios. We had subsequently placed them to our Preferred Supplier List. We were so impressed with their work that when the PCI Compliance project came up, Trustmarque was invited to pitch for this business.”

From the start Trustmarque was involved in scoping Sportingbet’s PCI Compliance requirements and helped it to understand all the necessary steps and processes. Trustmarque was able to help Sportingbet put a technology strategy in place to ensure Sportingbet was meeting the requirements of the standard to safeguard it from prosecution. Added to this Trustmarque has also helped the organisation implement technology in the most cost effective way, ensuring that it is using the best licensing models to suit its requirements. Trustmarque’s involvement also continued into selecting an appropriate third party to undertake an audit process. Grimes continues:

“Through Trustmarque we’ve had access to specialists across a wide variety of software vendors, which has been of great assistance in helping us make the right choices. Being vendor agnostic, Trustmarque has provided recommendations and solutions that are right for our business. They are truly on the customer’s side, working alongside us so that we reach our business goals.”

The relationship with Trustmarque continues as Sportingbet is looking at virtualising some of its data centres, as this will deliver more efficiencies and cost savings moving forward and the company is in conversation with Trustmarque to help it achieve this. Additionally, Sportingbet has worked with Trustmarque to implement a Citrix upgrade into its infrastructure and will continue to utilise its expertise to enhance this Citrix environment further in the future.

Grimes concludes: “Trustmarque is an organisation set up to be able to support all our IT requirements – a true and trusted partner.”

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About Trustmarque

Trustmarque has been providing value added services to customers since it was founded in 1987 and is now one of the UK’s largest Value Added Resellers. Trustmarque brings together years of knowledge plus a strong track record of delivering successful IT enabled projects for customers that realise positive business outcomes. Trustmarque delivers solutions across six key areas: Business Performance Management, Information Security, Core Infrastructure Services, Microsoft Integrated Solutions, Managed Licence Services and Software Procurement Consultancy.

Trustmarque is also a Microsoft Large Account Reseller (LAR) with Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status, as well as partnering with many other major vendors in the IT market, such as: Adobe, Business Objects, CA, Citrix, McAfee, Novell, Nuance, Sophos, Symantec, Trend, VMware and Websense to name but a few.

Trustmarque Solutions has worked with The CarbonNeutral Company (formerly Future Forests) leaders in the field of carbon management and climate change solutions to become a CarbonNeutral® company.

For more information about Trustmarque visit www.trustmarque.com, call 0845 2101 500 or email info@trustmarque.com.

Media Information:

Paula Elliott
C8 Consulting Ltd
01189 001132
paula@c8consulting.co.uk

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