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Partnership for secure credit card data handling with unified communications

Sipera Systems : 24 June, 2009  (Company News)
Sipera and TrustNet join forces to provide PCI DSS compliant credit card data handling in unified communications and VoIP environments
Sipera Systems has announced a partnership with TrustNet to boost the secure handling of credit card data in enterprises that are deploying VoIP and Unified Communications while complying with the industry standard for payment card security.

Enterprises in a range of industries are adopting UC, which includes voice, video, IM, collaboration and other real-time communications traversing converged infrastructures. UC and VoIP offer dramatic cost savings and new modes of interaction among customers, partners, employees and the supply chain. But with UC and VoIP, these communications now share many of the same data networks and resources that are used for carrying credit card data and transaction information. As a result, enterprises must carefully evaluate the security posture of these networks and communications, especially if they seek to comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

TrustNet is a PCI DSS Qualified Security Assessor, providing guidance and assessment services to enterprises seeking to achieve PCI DSS compliance. Sipera's security appliances provide comprehensive security and control over VoIP and UC, and its VIPER Lab provides VoIP and UC security assessment services.

Together, Sipera and TrustNet offer enterprises both the guidance and functionality to ensure that their VoIP and UC implementations are consistent with security best practices and support their efforts to achieve and maintain PCI DSS compliance. Without addressing the new security challenges of the evolving communications infrastructure, enterprises put themselves at risk for payment card data theft, compromised transaction privacy, and loss of consumer trust.

Sipera and TrustNet will present a webinar on Tuesday, June 30, about the impact of VoIP and UC on PCI DSS compliance. For more information: http://tinyurl.com/PCI-VOIP

"Security is a fundamental requirement of all enterprise communications, but it is especially important when your enterprise is handling consumer and credit card data," said Adam Boone, VP of Marketing at Sipera Systems. "Working with TrustNet, we're applying our UC security expertise to PCI DSS, enabling PCI-compliant businesses to continue to protect their data while deploying cost-effective VoIP and unified communications."

"We are pleased to help our clients achieve highly effective security practices and to ensure the safety of payment card data in compliance with PCI DSS," said Trevor Horwitz, Principal at TrustNet. "Many enterprises are now taking advantage of revolutionary communications technologies represented by VoIP and UC. We are working with Sipera to help enterprises navigate the transformation to VoIP and UC while maintaining the right security posture to safeguard consumer data."

For businesses seeking more information and education about PCI DSS, the upcoming webinar will cover:

* How PCI DSS requirements relate to VoIP and UC technologies and infrastructures.
* UC security planning best practices for adopting and managing effective security architectures.
* How to assess enterprise security and identify potential gaps and risks that might compromise PCI DSS efforts.

The Sipera UC-Sec products are comprehensive, real-time UC security solutions that simplify and protect next-generation communications over any network to any device. Dozens of customers around the world rely on the UC-Sec appliances to safeguard their communications and boost compliance with privacy laws, regulatory mandates and mission-critical confidentiality requirements. Backed by the extensive vulnerability research of VIPER Lab, the UC-Sec solutions provide threat protection, policy enforcement, access control and privacy in a single, real-time appliance.
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