SOURCE: Network Frontiers

Network Frontiers

April 29, 2009 10:29 ET

Network Frontiers and Archer Technologies Announce Integration of the Unified Compliance Framework With Archer's Enterprise GRC Platform

Integration Provides Archer's Fortune 1000 Clients the Most Robust Content Offering for Reducing Compliance Costs and Limiting Legal Liability

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - April 29, 2009) - Network Frontiers, a leader in IT compliance, today announced the integration of its Unified Compliance Framework (UCF) with the Archer Technologies SmartSuite Framework, delivering the most comprehensive global compliance database to Archer's Fortune 1000 clients. Utilizing UCF content within their Archer environment, organizations can substantially trim costs associated with governance, risk and compliance (GRC) efforts, while providing broader coverage and visibility into potential gaps in regulatory compliance.

The UCF harmonizes IT controls from more than 400 international regulatory requirements, standards and guidelines into a single hierarchal framework. This enables organizations to easily define commonalities among regulatory bodies; to leverage policies, processes and tools already in place; and to establish a streamlined, cost-effective plan to achieve continuous compliance across the enterprise. Within the Archer SmartSuite Framework, these controls integrate seamlessly to provide a unified view of global regulatory requirements.

"Enterprises rely on Archer because their solutions facilitate the management of the entire GRC lifecycle, enabling them to demonstrate compliance consistently and efficiently," said Craig Isaacs, CEO, Network Frontiers. "Archer clients can now rely on the UCF to present the complex rules, standards and policies they must follow in a format that is easy to understand, but that is just step one. With the Archer SmartSuite Framework, this information becomes an automated resource, helping clients know what they need to do to comply with the regulations."

Through the Archer Exchange, an online marketplace of applications, services, content and integration solutions, Archer clients will have direct access to the UCF, which they can quickly integrate into their Archer SmartSuite Framework environment.

"Our customers view the UCF as a reliable, comprehensive resource to supplement their compliance efforts," said Peter Novosel, vice president of products, Archer Technologies. "Archer's integration of the UCF, combined with the industry-leading content we recently added through our acquisition of Brabeion Software Corporation, allows us to deliver an extensive GRC content library to enterprise clients across industries to support the management of IT, legal, financial, and operational GRC processes."

The UCF includes controls from a variety of regulations and guidelines, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), Basel II, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), NASD Manual, HIPAA, FERC Security Program, Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA), FIPS 191, GAO Financial Audit Manual, IRS Revenue Procedure and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

About Network Frontiers

Since 1992 Network Frontiers has developed ground-breaking tools to support IT best practices with a special focus on regulatory compliance, metrics, systems continuity and governance. Dorian Cougias, founder and Lead Analyst, is a frequent speaker at technology conferences and has authored numerous articles and books, including "The Compliance Book" and the award-winning "Backup Book: Disaster Recovery from Desktop to Data Center." Network Frontiers was recently cited by information technology research and advisory company Gartner as one of their five leading Cool Vendors in Risk Management and Compliance for 2009.

The Unified Compliance Framework (UCF) is Network Frontiers' flagship product. By focusing on commonalities across regulations, standards-based development, and simplified architectures, the UCF supports a strategic approach to IT compliance that reduces cost, limits liability, and leverages the value of compliance-related technologies and services across the enterprise. The UCF's content and methodology is the direct result of Network Frontiers' deep understanding of IT regulations and standards and decades of experience consulting for clients, publications, and vendors in the mission-critical IT arena.

The UCF was created by Dorian Cougias and his research partner, Marcelo Halpern of the international law firm Latham and Watkins, which oversees all legal aspects of the UCF. More information can be found at www.unifiedcompliance.com.

About Archer Technologies

Archer Technologies delivers enterprise governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions. With more than six million licensed users and a client list that includes one in four of the Fortune 100, Archer enables highly regulated companies to reduce enterprise risks, manage and demonstrate compliance, automate business processes, and gain visibility into corporate risk and security controls.

Archer's solutions, including Policy, Asset, Threat, Risk, Business Continuity, Incident, Loss Event, Vendor, Audit and Compliance Management, are built on the highly flexible Archer SmartSuite Framework™, allowing clients to tailor the solutions according to their unique requirements. Whether deployed traditionally at the client site or via a SaaS model, the Framework has become a go-to GRC platform for many global organizations.

Archer is the only vendor that delivers the Archer E-GRC Ecosystem™ comprised of out-of-the-box solutions, a flexible Framework, a robust user community, and an application and partner exchange, which provides clients the tools they need to build a best-in-class enterprise GRC program. For more information, visit www.archer.com or call 1-888-539-EGRC.

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