November 19, 2007 08:00 ET

Career Education Corporation Protects Confidential Student Information With Vontu DLP

Leading Global Education Company Reduces Risk, Supports PCI DSS Compliance With Leading Data Loss Prevention Solution

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 19, 2007) - Vontu, Inc., the leader in Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solutions, today announced that Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ: CECO), one of the world's leading providers of quality educational services, has implemented Vontu to protect the sensitive information of its 90,000 students as well as its faculty and employees. The company is using Vontu to discover confidential data on its corporate network, monitor and prevent confidential data from leaving the network, and automatically enforce data loss prevention policies.

"At Career Education Corporation our students are our most valuable asset and we treat the privacy and protection of their personal information with the greatest care possible," said Michael Gabriel, Corporate Information Security Officer for Career Education Corporation. "Vontu is a key component in protecting the personal information of our 90,000 students from potential exposure."

Career Education is the world's largest on-campus provider of private, for-profit post-secondary education and has a rapidly growing presence in online education. The company has always taken a proactive approach to security. Career Education reviewed its data security controls and recognized a need to better ensure the confidentiality of its student, faculty and employee data. After evaluating several solutions, Career Education selected Vontu Network Discover, Vontu Network Monitor and Vontu Network Prevent to not only safeguard its confidential information but also demonstrate compliance with PCI Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), a set of common industry security requirements acceptable to cardholder associations including MasterCard and Visa. The PCI standards define how credit cardholder and card authentication data must be stored, managed, and processed to keep it secure.

Today, through the use of Vontu Network Discover, Career Education is able to discover exposed confidential data wherever it is stored, including data on file servers, web servers, databases and other data repositories -- providing the security team with critical insight into violations of security policies for stored data. Vontu's reporting capabilities enable Career Education's security team to more effectively highlight and prioritize security incidents that need immediate attention. In addition, Career Education has increased its understanding of customer data traffic patterns, allowing for measurement and reduction of risk over time.

Using Vontu Network Monitor and Vontu Network Prevent, Career Education monitors for data loss incidents via email and automatically prevents data breaches before they occur. As an additional layer of security, Career Education is leveraging integration between Vontu Network Prevent and PGP Universal to conditionally tag traffic containing confidential data and route it to an encryption gateway for secure delivery.

"Our solution's ability to scale has resulted in more large enterprise DLP deployments than any other provider," said Steve Roop, vice president of products and marketing at Vontu. "We take pride in helping large organizations like Career Education Corporation demonstrate compliance with data privacy regulations and secure their customers' confidential data wherever it is stored and used."

About Career Education Corporation

The colleges, schools, and universities that are part of the Career Education Corporation (CEC) family offer high quality education to a diverse population of approximately 90,000 students across the world in a variety of career-oriented disciplines. The more than 75 campuses that serve these students are located throughout the U.S. and in Canada, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom, and offer doctoral, master's, bachelor's, and associate degrees and diploma and certificate programs. Approximately half of our students attend the web-based virtual campuses of American InterContinental University Online and Colorado Technical University Online.

CEC is an industry leader whose gold-standard brands are recognized globally. Those brands include Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America; Harrington College of Design; Brooks Institute of Photography; International Academy of Design & Technology; American InterContinental University; Colorado Technical University and Sanford-Brown Institutes and Colleges. Through its schools, CEC is committed to providing quality education, allowing students the opportunity to graduate and pursue rewarding careers.

For more information, see the company's website at The company's website includes a detailed listing of individual campus locations and web links to its more than 75 colleges, schools, and universities.

About Vontu

Vontu is the leading provider of Data Loss Prevention solutions that combine endpoint and network-based technology to accurately detect and automatically protect confidential data wherever it is stored or used. By reducing the risk of data loss, Vontu helps organizations ensure public confidence, demonstrate compliance and maintain competitive advantage. Vontu customers include many of the world's largest and most data-driven enterprises and government agencies. Vontu has received numerous awards, including IDG's InfoWorld 2007 Technology of the Year Award for "Best Data Leak Prevention," as well as SC Magazine's 2006 U.S. Excellence Award for "Best Enterprise Security Solution" and Global Award for "Best New Security Solution." For more information, please visit

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