SOURCE: Proofpoint


November 15, 2010 08:00 ET

PETCO Keeps Email Security Needs on a Leash With Proofpoint Enterprise Protection

Leading Pet Specialty Retailer Moves Email Security and Email Encryption Capabilities to the Cloud to Simplify Management and Reduce Costs

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - November 15, 2010) - Proofpoint, Inc., the leading provider of SaaS email security, email archiving and data loss prevention solutions, today announced that long-time customer PETCO is now using the SaaS-based Proofpoint  email security suite, Proofpoint Enterprise Protection™, to guard against both inbound and outbound email threats. PETCO has also recently added policy-based email encryption features to its Proofpoint deployment, powered by Proofpoint Encryption™.

Previously, the leading pet specialty retailer protected its large base of email users with Proofpoint email security appliances deployed on-premises for anti-spam and anti-virus protection, integrated with appliances for email encryption. After evaluating Proofpoint's SaaS solutions and analyzing the costs and performance of the previous system, PETCO made the decision to secure its edge email system in the cloud.

"Like most enterprises today, PETCO has been looking for ways to simplify its IT infrastructure and reduce costs using SaaS and cloud computing technologies, and Proofpoint helped us achieve both goals," said Lyndon Brown, senior IT manager at PETCO. "By moving both inbound email security and outbound email encryption to the cloud, our IT department is better able to focus on the core needs of our business while also reaping immediate benefits, such as decreased datacenter cooling, power and IT administration costs."

Email encryption is a top IT priority for PETCO, as it ensures secure communications with its business partners, including investors and vendors. By providing both TLS and policy-based encryption of individual email messages, Proofpoint Encryption will help PETCO protect personally identifiable information (PII) and confidential information in email and help comply with a wide variety of data security regulations, including PCI, Sarbanes-Oxley and FTC rules.

"One area where Proofpoint's solution really excels is customization," says Brown. "Every company has unique needs and Proofpoint Enterprise Protection is extremely flexible and nimble with respect to creating custom email policies. It offers much more control than any of the other SaaS email security offerings that I have seen. Proofpoint Enterprise Protection gives us the same level of control in the cloud as with the on-premises version, but with all the advantages of SaaS."

"IT departments at retailers like PETCO are faced with numerous challenges, including supporting end users, managing increasingly complex infrastructures, and ensuring compliance with data protection and privacy regulations," said Peter Galvin, chief marketing officer, Proofpoint. "Proofpoint's SaaS-based email security and compliance solutions help these organizations get back to focusing on their businesses' core priorities, rather than having to worry about security. After years of success using Proofpoint's appliance-based solution, PETCO now achieves that same level of security and control in the cloud, while reducing costs and simplifying ongoing maintenance."

About Proofpoint, Inc.
Proofpoint focuses exclusively on the art and science of cloud-based email security, eDiscovery and compliance solutions. Organizations around the world depend on Proofpoint's expertise, patented technologies and on-demand delivery system to protect against spam and viruses, safeguard privacy, encrypt sensitive information, and archive messages for easier management and discovery. Proofpoint's enterprise email solutions mitigate the challenges and amplify the benefits of enterprise messaging. Learn more at

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