PCI Compliance Veteran to Share Expertise on Combating ‘Hacktivism’

April 23, 2013 by  

Web Hosting ServicesPlano, TX – As a leading provider of PCI-compliant managed hosting and cloud services, Layered Tech has developed considerable expertise in recognizing and thwarting threats to sensitive financial data. Layered Tech Chief Risk Officer Jeff Reich will share some of this insight when he addresses the 2013 Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) Annual Conference & Expo on the timely subject of ‘hacktivism’. The conference, in New Orleans from April 30 to May 2, will bring together thousands of professionals from the electronic payments industry.

Hacktivism – the use of legal and/or illegal digital tools and techniques in the pursuit of political or social ends – is a growing threat to the wide variety of businesses involved in the processing of electronic payments. Reich, a well-known risk management and security expert in the hosting market, will help conference attendees understand who hacktivists are, what motivates them, what they try to do, and how companies can reduce their risks of falling victim to hacktivism. Reich will also show how hacktivism is not a narrow internet security issue but rather a broader threat to businesses and their reputations.

“Hacktivism is a relatively new threat to payment processors, and one that’s rapidly growing,” said Reich. “I look forward to sharing what we’ve learned at Layered Tech about how to recognize, prepare for, and mitigate this very real security risk.”

As the first hosting company in the world to become compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), and the only hoster to offer clients a PCI compliance guarantee, Layered Tech is well positioned to help payment processing businesses understand today’s information security threat environment. Layered Tech works with businesses throughout the electronic payment chain, including merchants, software solution developers, payment processors, and gateways.

The 2013 ETA Annual Conference & Expo will be held at the New Orleans Convention Center and will feature nearly 200 exhibitors as well as keynote speakers and day-long conference sessions focused on topics of particular interest to today’s electronic payment industry. Jeff Reich’s presentation, titled “Managing Risk for Online Threats and Hacktivism Actions,” is scheduled for 4:00pm on April 30, as part of a day-long session focusing on security and regulatory compliance topics. For more information about the 2013 ETA Annual Conference & Expo, visit

About Layered Tech
Layered Technologies (Layered Tech), a leading global provider of compliant and secure cloud and hosting services, offers PCI-, HIPAA- and FISMA-compliant hosting solutions, managed dedicated hosting and cloud computing services, including Compliance Guaranteed, which ensures that all Layered Tech compliance services are guaranteed to pass 100 percent of every IT audit or assessment. By providing high-quality technology, infrastructure and support, Layered Tech enables clients to eliminate capital expenses and save on operating costs so they can focus on core initiatives. Layered Tech’s scalable infrastructure powers millions of sites and Internet-enabled applications, including e-commerce and SaaS. Clients include federal, state and local government agencies; large enterprises with advanced data security, compliance and uptime requirements; and leading-edge Web 2.0 startups. For more information, visit

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