SynXis, a Sabre Holdings business providing hotel distribution and Internet marketing services, announces that its RedX Distribution Management System has been certified by Visa as meeting the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards; SynXis is the first central reservation system provider to achieve this status.
"As the number of online bookings continues to grow, hoteliers should be increasingly concerned about providing a safe channel through which their guests can book," says industry consultant, John Burns, President of Hospitality Technology Consulting. "Getting the 'PCI Compliance' stamp is not a simple endeavor and shows a real commitment from the vendors that achieve it."
The PCI Data Security Standards were created by the major credit card companies (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) in order to safeguard customer information that could be compromised due to the enormous volume of credit card transactions that are taking place online.
These standards mandate that service providers meet stringent standards of security when they store, process and transmit cardholder data (including: network security, data management, application security, personnel and management policies and procedures).