SOURCE: IronPort Systems

November 20, 2007 09:00 ET

IronPort Systems Helps Retailers Comply With Payment Card Industry Standards

New Email Security Appliances Have Built-In Compliance Capabilities

SAN BRUNO, CA--(Marketwire - November 20, 2007) - IronPort® Systems, a Cisco business unit and a leading provider of enterprise spam, virus and spyware protection, today announced the introduction of fully integrated Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards compliance for email. The new functionality is included in IronPort's AsyncOS™ operating system, which powers IronPort's existing and new, purpose-built email security appliances for retailers and other organizations that handle credit and debit card transactions. The introduction of this functionality into the new IronPort C150™ and IronPort C350™ email security appliances gives small to medium-sized businesses a single, fully integrated solution that combines traditional email security functions (like spam and virus filtering) with work-flow based functions (such as policy creation, content scanning, and message encryption, quarantining and/or archiving).

"IronPort delivers a PCI solution that is directly incorporated in our existing email security appliances," said Tom Gillis, Vice President of Marketing for IronPort. "The latest reports from Visa show that thirty-five percent of retailers that are not PCI compliant, despite the September deadline and fines of $25,000 per month for non-compliance. The next largest retailers, level 2 merchants worldwide, have a December deadline and are increasingly focused on becoming compliant. The good news is that IronPort's appliances can prevent PCI violations while also stopping more than 99 percent of all unwanted email, resulting in the ultimate compliant, spam-free user experience."

PCI Compliance Requirements and Effects on Retailers

PCI mandates that customers provide a secure transmission medium for sensitive cardholder information and maintain a vulnerability management program. Anti-virus programs must be used, regularly updated and capable of detecting, removing and protecting against all forms of malicious software. Companies who are not PCI compliant are subject to fines up to $500,000 per incident, greater scrutiny and additional penalties -- including revoking the ability to process their debit and credit cards. In addition to fines and penalties, non-compliant companies are subject to related public disclosure regulations (causing a loss of customer trust and brand equity), which could lead to lower revenues and shareholder revenues. As a result, retailers and other organizations that handle cardholder information around the world are particularly focused on rapidly deploying a solution to address PCI compliance.

"Retailers and other high-volume debit and credit card merchants, issuers, and information-based organizations worldwide face the complex task of securing personal cardholder information. These complex regulations often require wholesale changes to internal and externally facing security practices," said Brian Burke, Director, Secure Content and Threat Management for IDC. "Retailers and other organizations need to comply to protect their customers and protect themselves and their brand. Small and medium-sized businesses are in special need of security in an easy to deploy solution that they can manage with minimal resources. IronPort provides this with email security appliances that meet PCI compliance requirements in an easy to administer, transparent manner."

PCI Compliance Made Easy

IronPort's PCI compliance solution and advanced search capabilities are directly integrated into its email security appliances and assist in identifying debit and credit card numbers, and sensitive cardholder information, by utilizing advanced rule sets to confirm their legitimacy. Because sensitive information can be sent over a wide variety of attachment types, IronPort's advanced content scanning capabilities extend to all parts of email and attachments, including more than 400 different file types -- regardless of how it is embedded. As sensitive information is identified, the corresponding messages can be automatically encrypted for secure delivery, without requiring any action by either the sender or recipient. Compliance officers can also choose other remediation options including connection-based encryption, quarantining, archiving, user notification and self-remediation. To regularly demonstrate effectiveness, compliance officers may choose to take advantage of auditable reporting capabilities that extend to the per-user level, allowing greater user education for those who need it most. These automatic scanning and remediation capabilities help to ensure that all transmission of cardholder information across open, public networks can be secure. All of these capabilities are incorporated in IronPort's Web-based Email Security Manager™ policy management tool, providing ease-of-deployment and use.

"Given the growing incidences of fraud and public exposure regulations that now exist, PCI compliance and the complete protection of our sensitive personal information is a top priority for our customers," said Barry Johnson, Director for Risk Mitigation at IGXGlobal, an information security service firm specializing in assisting clients in understanding and complying with privacy regulations. "Whereas most elements of PCI compliant solutions are quite complex, IronPort has provided customers with a PCI compliance solution for email that is easy to deploy, use and manage. Not only can IronPort customers enable PCI compliance on their existing email security appliances with a few mouse clicks and provide end-users the protection they deserve, they can also ease validation efforts through IronPort's comprehensive audit and reporting capabilities."

IronPort's Next Generation Hardware Provides Capacity for PCI and Other Advanced Features

The IronPort C150 and IronPort C350 are the latest in a series of high-performance email security appliances, optimized for small and medium-sized customers. By taking advantage of multi-core based hardware, IronPort's proprietary operating system, AsyncOS, is able to provide the appliances with the highest capacity of any other similarly configured system. These purpose-built appliances allow IronPort to not only deal with the growing volume of spam, but also apply more CPU processing to each message and therefore enable more advanced PCI scanning algorithms and remediation. Coupled with monitoring, reporting and management capabilities, the IronPort C350 and IronPort C150 are clearly the right choices for the most demanding PCI customers in the world.

About IronPort Systems

IronPort Systems, headquartered in San Bruno, California, is a business unit of Cisco Systems, Inc. IronPort is the leading provider of anti-spam, anti-virus and anti-spyware appliances for organizations ranging from small businesses to the Global 2000. IronPort appliances utilize SenderBase®, the world's largest email and Web threat detection network and database. IronPort products are innovative and easy-to-use -- providing breakthrough performance and playing a mission-critical role in a company's network infrastructure. To learn more about IronPort products and services, please visit:

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