Instaclustr Achieves PCI-DSS Certification for its Managed Apache Cassandra and Kafka Offerings on AWS
February 18, 2020

Redwood City, California – February 18, 2020 Instaclustr, the leading provider of fully managed solutions for scalable open source technologies, today announced it has achieved PCI-DSS certification across its managed Apache Cassandra and Apache Kafka services running in AWS. This PCI-DSS certification adds to Instaclustr’s existing SOC 2 accreditation, ensuring that even customers with the most stringent security requirements can utilize Instaclustr’s expertly managed open source data-layer solutions with absolute confidence.

The PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) is the payment card industry’s mandated information security standard and applies to all organizations that store, process, and/or transmit cardholder data. PCI-DSS certification requirements dictate that all system components either within the cardholder data environment or with access to it must feature specific and strict technical, physical, and operational security controls. Beyond applications directly involving finance and payment card transactions, PCI-DSS controls are currently seeing increased adoption across other industries, as the recognized “gold standard” for security practices.

Instaclustr engaged in the most significant singular engineering project in the company’s history to achieve PCI-DSS certification, investing months and several person-years of expert engineering effort to implement more than 100 changes and further secure every aspect across Instaclustr’s many systems. With the successful completion of this involved security project, enterprise customers utilizing any product or platform supported by Instaclustr now benefit from these myriad security improvements and enhancements – even those that do not specifically require PCI-DSS compliant environments.

Some of the most important security improvements introduced as part of the PCI-DSS certification effort include: 

  • A more secure administration access environment, with technical controls preventing data egress via Instaclustr’s admin systems.
  • Improved logging and auditing infrastructure.
  • Hardened operating system and tighter cryptographic standards. 
  • A newly-added web application firewall protecting Instaclustr’s console and APIs. 
  • Enhanced automated scanning, and tightened resolution policies for remediating code dependency vulnerabilities.
  • More frequent security scanning of Instaclustr’s central management systems. 
  • More robust and intensive developer security training. 

“By achieving PCI-DSS certification, Instaclustr continues to take a proactive approach to advanced security measures, staying ahead of the curve on key security features and compliance certifications – it’s something we take very seriously,” said Ben Slater, CPO, Instaclustr. “Doing so enables our customers to build their innovative applications on scalable, fully open source data-layer technologies with complete confidence. We’re proud to see our dedicated efforts to implement PCI-DSS-compliant practices achieve certification, and we are excited to introduce new customers requiring PCI-DSS certification to the benefits of our managed Apache Cassandra and Apache Kafka offerings in AWS.”

Customers requiring full PCI-DSS compliance can opt-in when creating a cluster on the Instaclustr managed platform to enable the required security options (including the use of Private Network Clusters, password complexity in the Instaclustr console, and additional technical controls). Instaclustr customers with existing clusters who are interested in adhering to PCI-DSS compliance should contact [email protected]. For further information or a technical briefing, contact an Instaclustr Customer Success representative or [email protected].

About Instaclustr

Instaclustr delivers reliability at scale through our integrated data platform of open source technologies such as Apache Cassandra®, Apache Kafka®, Apache Spark™ and Elasticsearch. We enable companies to focus internal development and operational resources on building cutting edge customer-facing applications. Instaclustr now has more than 50 million node hours and 5 PB of data under management across its open source technology suite.

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