SOURCE: Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated

December 08, 2010 11:00 ET

Primus Canada Receives Full PCI Compliance, CICA 5970 Type B, SAS70 Type II Certifications

Seven Data Centers Across Canada Fully Compliant

TORONTO--(Marketwire - December 8, 2010) - Primus Canada, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Primus Telecommunications Group, Inc. (OTCBB: PMUG), today announced that the company has successfully achieved full Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) Section 5970 Type B and Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) 70 Type II certifications for Primus' seven data centers across Canada. As the highest available standards for measuring data center operations and management, these industry classifications are confirmed through an independent auditor's findings. By completing these three designations, Primus is demonstrating its commitment to provide the necessary controls and data security safeguards required by data center providers and further underscores Primus' overall leadership in professional standards regarding internal controls.

"Primus is extremely pleased to have achieved these important industry designations for our data centers," said Jeff Lorenz, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Primus Canada. "Due to the high level of security and network operations required to run an effective and efficient data center, we are particularly sensitive to the importance of these industry certifications. Having third-party validation confirms to our customers our focus on best practices that minimize the risk of service disruption and the security of sensitive data."

CICA 5970 Type B Certification

CICA 5970 is a Canadian standard administered by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Designation under this program encompasses specific requirements for service providers managing customer data and focuses heavily in the areas of compliance, security and access. In addition, this certification addresses the topics of backup and recovery, computer operations and facility infrastructure.

SAS 70 Type II Certification

The SAS 70 is issued by the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants to service organizations that typically offer outsourced services, such as Primus Data Centers. An auditor's report details the ability for a service provider's ability to offer adequate controls and safeguards when they host or process data belonging to their customers.

PCI Compliance

PCI Compliance is an adherence of the PCI Data Security Standard policies and procedures for increasing credit card account data security. It applies to all organisations worldwide that accept, store, process or transmit credit card details. Primus' adherence to these standards assures companies that the processing of sensitive credit card data is in a controlled and secure environment.

"As security takes on an increasingly more critical role in the delivery of business operations, it is imperative that the infrastructure housing corporate intelligence is sound and impermeable. Customers that are hosted in a Primus Data Center will have the peace of mind that their data and servers are in an environment that has met the strictest industry standards for control objectives," said Jeff Lorenz.

About Primus Business Services
Primus Business Services is a leading national data center and managed services solutions provider, offering services that include virtual storage and security, disaster recovery and cloud computing, voice, and IP connectivity solutions to more than 60,000 Canadian companies. Primus Business Services owns and manages seven world-class, state-of-the-art data centers across Canada. Global companies are able to take advantage of Primus' international presence with data centers Australia and Brazil. Primus Business Services is a division of Primus Telecommunications Canada, Inc. Visit www.primuspbs.ca for more information.

About Primus Telecommunications Group, Inc.

Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated is a leading provider of advanced communication solutions, including broadband Internet, traditional and IP voice, data, mobile services, collocation, hosting, and outsourced managed services to business and residential customers in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Brazil. Primus is also one of the leading international wholesale service providers to telecommunications carriers worldwide. Primus owns and operates its own global network of next-generation IP soft switches, media gateways, hosted IP/SIP platforms, broadband infrastructure, fiber capacity, and data centers located in Canada, Australia, and Brazil. Founded in 1994, Primus is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

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