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PCI compliance for CounterACT

ForeScout Technologies : 16 June, 2008  (New Product)
Control of access to cardholder details enables CounterACT v6.3 to meet Payment Card Industry DSS requirements
ForeScout Technologies has announced the release of a Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance Kit to compliment the launch of CounterACT version 6.3. The kit contains 21 pre-defined policies and configurable reports that plug-in to CounterACT to address eight of the 12 requirements of the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS). Because CounterACT is deployed "out-of-band," the PCI policies can be implemented quickly without disruption to business.

The payment card industry established the PCI DSS for the protection of cardholder information in response to widely publicised security breaches. Enforced through compulsory IT audits today, the PCI DSS helps to ensure the security and protection of cardholders' personal data. Companies governed by the PCI DSS, grappling with how to control access to private data, have looked to ForeScout for help.

According to T. Kent Elliott, ForeScout CEO: "ForeScout is committed to meeting the business requirements of our customers with an easy-to-deploy, easy-to-manage network access control platform. With this release we are addressing one of the major pain points facing enterprise network managers today: meeting PCI compliance requirements in a cost-effective and non-disruptive manner. With the introduction of CounterACT 6.3 featuring the PCI Compliance Kit, we have met this demand, further demonstrating ForeScout's NAC leadership and commitment to developing technology designed for the real world."

"Passing PCI compliance audits is a top concern facing network security professionals today," stated Lawrence Orans, research director at Gartner. "While there is no one solution that covers all 12 sections of the PCI data security standard, some NAC technologies and best practices can help simplify the process of achieving regulatory compliance."

Highlighted features in CounterACT 6.3 include:

- PCI Compliance Kit. The easy-to-use kit offers a simple wizard that guides users through a comprehensive PCI audit process and provides remediation options to help speed PCI compliance.

- Baselining for Compliance. A baseline can be established to trim time to compliance. The implementation is in a form of a "track changes" mechanism that provides the ability to create policies that detect endpoint changes during a specific session. Using this feature, users can detect impersonation attempts, maintain endpoint health, and assure server hardening.

- Peripheral Protection. Portable media, such as a USB mass storage device connecting from the endpoint, can now be detected and remediated.

- Localisation. Reports and endpoint notifications are now available in local languages.

- Out-of-the-Box Policies. New out-of-the-box policies embody the best practices of global customers and can be deployed within minutes.

- Increased Searchable Indexed Information. Google-like search launched from an Internet Explorer or Firefox browser provides the ability to quickly find connected / connecting network assets.

- Expanded Network / Application Integration. Plug-ins offered for 3Com, Alcatel, NEC and Enterasys switches, Cisco ASA, Microsoft WSUS and Windows CE, plus extended integration with anti-virus/spyware/adware and personal firewall vendors, speeds CounterACT deployment in all environments.

- Expanded Endpoint Interrogation. Provides complete coverage of user-based platforms, including Macintosh and Linux, without requiring any code reside on the endpoint.

- Clientless Auto-Remediation of Microsoft Vulnerabilities and Anti-Virus, Instant Messaging and Peer-to-peer Applications.
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