SOURCE: ScanAlert

October 03, 2007 07:30 ET

ScanAlert Teams Up With Microsoft to Promote Data Security and Online Advertising Initiative

NAPA, CA--(Marketwire - October 3, 2007) - ScanAlert is working with Microsoft to promote HACKER SAFE® certification and the Microsoft adCenter network to online retailers. The collaborative effort aligns over 75,000 websites that display the world's most widely used data security trustmark, with the millions of search users on the MSN and Windows Live networks.

The agreement's initial marketing components will see Microsoft sponsoring 20% discounts on HACKER SAFE certification services to all adCenter advertisers, while ScanAlert provides complimentary introductory pay-per-click packages for adCenter to all HACKER SAFE merchants.

"Microsoft adCenter and HACKER SAFE are a tremendous combination for online retailers of all sizes looking to find and convert more consumers," said Brady Miller, Vice President of Retail/ E-Commerce at ExOfficio, a leading brand of apparel for the active travel lifestyle. "We're far more effective with our marketing dollars, and reach significantly more qualified searchers using Microsoft adCenter. It is also fundamentally important that prospective customers understand that the security of our website is independently audited and certified every day. We've seen great results using HACKER SAFE certification for the past two years, with A/B split testing showing an 18.4% increase in converting our website visitors to buyers."

"Keyword advertising across Live Search is an effective, low-cost way for businesses to find new customers, and by taking advantage of adCenter's targeting capabilities, they can reach the right audience at the right time," said David Jakubowski, General Manager, Microsoft adCenter. "Potential customers are more likely to feel comfortable purchasing through a site that they know is safe."

"This is an exciting joint effort by two companies that are clear leaders in their respective fields," added ScanAlert CEO Ken Leonard. "We're enthusiastic about introducing our customers to the benefits of adCenter, so they can take advantage of Microsoft's distribution reach. Keyword advertising drives more qualified traffic, which retailers can convert more profitably by certifying their security to the HACKER SAFE standard."

About HACKER SAFE

HACKER SAFE is the world's most recognized assurance of Internet security. Using its patent pending technology, ScanAlert conducts daily security audits to certify clients to the HACKER SAFE standard. Websites meeting the standard can then promote their certified security to site visitors by placing the HACKER SAFE certification trustmark on their sites. As long as the standard is met, ScanAlert continues to serve a date-stamped image from its network to the site.

About Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions

Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions encompasses a robust set of global advertising products and services designed to effectively connect advertisers with their target audiences across multiple digital lifestyle touch points. Advertisers can actively engage with a global audience of more than 465 million unique users per month across the MSN network, as well as millions more consumers through Windows Live, Xbox Live, Office Online and Live Search. More information about Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions is available at http://advertising.microsoft.com.

About ScanAlert

ScanAlert secures organizations of all sizes against threats to their network infrastructure and then certifies them to the HACKER SAFE standard -- the world's Internet security benchmark. Offered as a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution, HACKER SAFE certification is used by more than 75,000 organizations, including ESPN, The American Red Cross, Toshiba, Warner Brothers, and well over half of the 500 largest online retailers in the USA. ScanAlert also operates HACKER SAFE Labs, the industry's only research group focused on ecommerce application security. More information is available at www.scanalert.com.

Contact Information

  • ScanAlert Contact:
    Nigel Ravenhill
    Dir. of Marketing Communications
    Tel: 707-224-7656 X1111
    Email: pr(at)scanalert.com