SOURCE: Ipswitch

March 10, 2008 11:00 ET

Ipswitch, Inc. Joins Strategic E-Commerce Security Advisory Body

Leading Security Providers Form Council to Formulate Industry Security Standards

LEXINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 10, 2008) - Ipswitch, Inc., a leading developer of network management, secure file transfer and messaging solutions, today announced it has joined the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) as a participating organization. The Council is the independent industry standards body providing advice and guidance to businesses implementing the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). As a member of the Security Standards Council, Ipswitch will work with the other member organizations to develop potent and straightforward standards for businesses involved in payment card processing to help them achieve effective security to protect their customers' financial data.

"We are pleased to have Ipswitch join us as a participating organization," said Bob Russo, general manager of the PCI SSC. "Ipswitch has over 100 million users worldwide and we look forward to their expertise and knowledge as it pertains to driving adoption of the PCI Data Security Standard to ensure customer data is protected. Awareness and adoption of the PCI Standard is the job of every company. It's important to have prominent stakeholders like Ipswitch share their perspectives on the topic and work together to advance adoption of the standard."

The PCI DSS, endorsed by American Express, Discover Financial Services, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc., requires merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit customer payment card data to adhere to information security controls and processes that ensure data integrity, protecting their customers against the threat of identity theft and payment card fraud. The mission of the PCI Security Standards Council is to enhance payment account security by creating industry guidelines that ensure both strong data protection as well as ease of implementation. As a participating organization, Ipswitch will have access to the latest payment card security standards from the Council, be able to provide feedback on the standards, and become part of this key growing community.

"Ipswitch's long-standing expertise delivering strong and highly secure software products for our customers will allow us to contribute expert advice in the creation of security best practices," said Hugh Garber, product marketing manager for Ipswitch File Transfer Division. "With our membership in the PCI Security Standards Council, we will leverage that expertise to help the industry adopt security strategies which will make us all safer."

Ipswitch's WS_FTP Professional and WS_FTP Server applications have revolutionized the Secure File Transfer landscape with industry-leading security capabilities. With support for secure SSL and SSH protocols, 256-bit AES transport encryption, OpenPGP file encryption, SHA-512 file integrity, Digital Certificate Management, and strong password policies, Ipswitch's Secure File Transfer products enable members of the payment card industry and other companies with responsibility over private data to move and share that information freely and securely without endangering their customers' personal information.

"The digital age has revolutionized the way the world conducts its business and the way organizations protect the privacy of confidential data and information," said Garber. "Through collaboration with the other members of the standards council, we are working to ensure that electronic communication and collaboration is not only fast and easy, but that it is also safe and secure."

About Ipswitch File Transfer

Ipswitch WS_FTP Professional, WS_FTP Server and WS_FTP Secure Software Development Kit (SDK), the world's most popular FTP products with over 40 million users, are designed to manage data and transfer files securely, whether inside an organization or around the globe.

About Ipswitch, Inc.

Ipswitch develops and markets innovative IT software that is easy to learn and use. More than 100 million people worldwide use Ipswitch software to monitor their networks with Ipswitch WhatsUp®, transfer files over the Internet using the market leading Ipswitch WS_FTP® Professional client and Ipswitch WS_FTP Server and communicate via Ipswitch IMailTM Server. To view the Daily Network Monitor blog, visit http://www.dailynetworkmonitor.com. For product and sales information, visit http://www.ipswitch.com. Ipswitch values community involvement; visit http://icare.ipswitch.com to find out how to become involved.

WS_FTP and WhatsUp are registered trademarks of Ipswitch, Inc. IMail Server is a trademark of Ipswitch, Inc. All other product names are the property of their respective owners.

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