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Secure Computing helps companiestest meet PCI compliance requirements.

Secure Computing Corporation : 05 February, 2008  (New Product)
With this summer's deadline approaching for Payment Card Industry conformance, Secure Computing develops programme for helping companies comply.
Secure Computing has unveiled the company's new Payment Card Industry (PCI) Initiative, a multi-faceted programme aimed at providing global organisations with the information, tools and best-of-breed solutions they need to comply with the new PCI Data Security Standard (DSS). Deadline dates for compliance are imminent, with the first 6.6 requirement of installing an application-layer firewall in front of all Web-facing applications taking effect on June 30, 2008.

A dedicated Secure Computing Website has been developed to help educate organisations about the 12 major PCI requirements and provide information on how security solutions and best practices can help them comply with the new standard.

Secure Computing also offers a suite of comprehensive solutions to help organisations comply with the new standard, including Sidewinder, its award-winning network and application-layer firewall that fulfills the first requirement by defending networks and Internet-facing applications from all types of known and unknown malicious threats.

PCI DSS is a widely accepted set of policies and procedures intended to optimise the security of credit, debit and cash card transactions and protect cardholders against misuse of their personal information. PCI DSS was created jointly in 2004 by Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. It clearly outlines the 12 key requirements that companies processing, storing, or transmitting payment card data must comply with or risk losing their payment processing abilities. Merchants and payment card service providers must validate their compliance periodically with auditors.

"With the recent rise in data breaches containing credit card information and the alarming increase in identity thefts, the implementation of a sound information security programme is no longer optional," said Chris Christiansen, Vice President of Security Products and Services, IDC. "Companies processing credit card information must embrace and implement solid data protection strategies to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of their customers' confidential information. The cost of compliance is far less expensive than the cost of remediation, which more often than not also includes the high price of lost public confidence and overall brand equity."

With the deadline dates for compliance with PCI DSS looming, payment processing companies must implement solutions to protect their customers' personal data. Secure Computing offers a suite of integrated and secure solutions to help companies comply with all of the PCI requirements in the following ways:

Secure Computing Sidewinder satisfies both PCI requirements for network and application firewalls with one comprehensive solution, enabling organisations to comply with the 6.6 requirement by the June 30, 2008 deadline.

* Secure Computing SnapGear provides cost effective VPN security for retail stores, franchises or any point-of-sale deployment.
* Secure Computing SafeWord provides strong authentication for remote and admin access for in-scope PCI systems.
* Secure Computing IronMail automatically discovers and encrypts or blocks emails containing Primary Account Number (PAN) based on policy.
* Secure Computing Webwasher helps prevent phishing and other malware attacks targeting PANs and user data.

These solutions also help ease the burden of compliance with many other industry regulations, including the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX), and more.
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