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Dialog Becomes Only Telco to Receive PCI DSS Certification for Genie for 3rd Consecutive Year

September 18th 2019 (Colombo)

(L-R) Gimali Soysa, Senior Manager – Fintech, Dr. Nushad Perera, Chief Digital Services Officer – Dialog Axiata PLC, Suresh Dadlani, President – ControlCase International Pvt Ltd., Sonali Nonis, Assistant Manager – Quality Systems and Process Management – Dialog Axiata PLC and Timal Jayamanne, Head of Business Development in Sri Lanka, Maldives, Singapore and Thailand – – ControlCase International Pvt Ltd.

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider has become the first and only telecommunications provider in the country to receive the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) certification for the 3 rd consecutive year, for the revolutionary mobile payment application; Genie. PCI DSS ensures the security of cardholder data for credit/debit cards from major card schemes by preventing frauds and data breaches. This is achieved by enforcing leading security controls over the storage, transmission and processing of cardholder data.

Commenting on this momentous occasion, Dr. Nushad Perera, Chief Digital Services Officer of Dialog Axiata PLC said, “We are proud to be the first and only telecommunications service provider in Sri Lanka to receive this certification. It is validation of the lengths we go to safeguard the privacy and security of our customers as we endeavour to provide our customers with greater convenience through innovative technology, while maintaining privacy and security. It is the cornerstone of the trust we have built with them over the years and will be the basis of everything we do in the years to come.”

The PCI DSS is administered by the PCI Security Standard Council and has 12 essential security compliance requirements which fall into six categories. These categories are; build and maintain a secure network, protect cardholder data, maintain a vulnerability management programme, implement strong access control measures, regularly monitor and test networks and maintain an information security policy. This set of standards has been developed over time in an ever-evolving security landscape and are intended to provide merchants, financial institutions and customers peace of mind.

Genie is Sri Lanka’s first and only PCI-DSS certified mobile payment application and allows users to add their Visa/Mastercard, Current/Savings Account or eZ Cash account as payment options to the app and make remote payments, in-app payments, over-the-counter payments (OTC via QR Code) over 12,000 merchant points and online payments more safely and conveniently.

Dialog has been at the forefront of innovation in the mobile industry in Sri Lanka as well as in the region, propelling the nation’s mobile telecommunications infrastructure to a level of advancement on par with the developed world. Dialog Axiata PLC has the distinction of being the first mobile operator in Sri Lanka to be awarded a mobile payments license by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, based on which it operates eZ Cash, the country’s pioneering mobile money service. The Dialog Group has also established a position of strength in Sri Lanka’s digital commerce space through a joint venture (with Digital Commerce Lanka) encompassing Sri Lanka’s leading daily deals site Anything.lk and the incumbent e-commerce properties of the Dialog Group wow.lk.