Lifeline Data Centers ensures cardholder data security with Pondurance-verified PCI DSS compliance

Indianapolis, IN – Lifeline Data Centers – an Indianapolis-based data center colocation and cloud services provider – makes waves by now having proven and verifiable Payment Card Industry Digital Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance. Lifeline has obtained PCI compliance in the form of a PCI DSS AOC (Attestation of Compliance) and a PCI DSS ROC (Report on Compliance), vital qualifications for data centers handling payment card data. This achievement secures Lifeline as a top data center provider.

PCI DSS requires ongoing monitoring, assessments, and proactive remediation of vulnerabilities, all validated by a reputable, third-party auditor. Pondurance, an information security consulting company headquartered in Indianapolis, IN, served as the Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) Company that attested to Lifeline’s PCI DSS compliance.  With six QSAs on staff, Pondurance is one of the largest Indiana-based providers of PCI DSS services, and one of the fastest growing security firms in the Midwest.

Compliance does not necessarily mean secure; many companies may be rated “compliant” against a standard, yet have vulnerabilities that invite data breach. That is why Lifeline’s achievement of PCI DSS sets it apart from its competitors. “Achieving PCI DSS is, in itself, not a small task. The larger and more difficult task is actually sustaining an effective security posture over time,” says Ron Pelletier, VP and Executive Manager of Pondurance. “Having worked with Lifeline Data Centers, it is clear this is an organization that understands the difference between compliance and security, and is keen to achieve both.”

Why is PCI DSS so vital? This qualification arms Lifeline with the best chance of securing the cardholder data under their care. All entities handling payment card data – whether merchants, banks or service providers – are required to be compliant with the standard. Lifeline understands the urgency of compliance and security working together.

Lifeline hopes to ease the worries of organizations trying to bridge their security control gaps when they trust in such a service provider. “The transference of responsibility for system hosting or data processing, unfortunately, does not translate entirely to a transference of risk,” says Pelletier. “This is particularly true as organizations are expected to exercise due diligence in qualifying their third-party providers, and their security posture.”

Knowing the concerns that exist regarding data security, Lifeline vows to rigorously and actively maintain their PCI DSS Compliance so that their clients may rest easy. Each one of their many certifications is a vow to work tirelessly to protect every ounce of their clients’ valuable information.

Lifeline Data Centers
Lifeline Data Centers is a leader in data center compliance, uptime, and innovation. Since 2001, Lifeline has provided data center and office real estate to companies who require uptime, connectivity, and room for growth.

Rich Banta, Lifeline’s co-founder, is one of the two most certified data center professionals in the world. Lifeline is currently in the process of obtaining their FedRAMP certification and building their state-of-the-art flagship data center in Fort Wayne. That location will be one of the first commercial EMP-resistant colocation facilities in the world.

To learn more about Lifeline, visit or call 317.275.0021.

Pondurance LLC, founded and headquartered in Indianapolis IN, is one of the leading information security solution providers in the Midwest. Since 2008, Pondurance experts continue to set, follow and develop the latest industry trends and cutting-edge security technologies. We partner with our clients on a range of services from Incident Response, Security, Continuity, Compliance and Threat Management Solutions. Our 80 years of collective industry-specific experience allows Pondurance consultants to provide our clients with advisory services and threat management solutions that ensure they are prepared to adapt in a world where new threats to their security posture appear daily.

To learn more about Pondurance, visit or call 317.663.8694. 

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Alex Carroll

Alex Carroll

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Alex, co-owner, is responsible for all real estate, construction and mission critical facilities: hardened buildings, power systems, cooling systems, fire suppression, and environmentals. Alex also manages relationships with the telecommunications providers and has an extensive background in IT infrastructure support, database administration and software design and development. Alex architected Lifeline’s proprietary GRCA system and is hands-on every day in the data center.