SOURCE: Vontu; PricewaterhouseCoopers

June 05, 2007 08:05 ET

PricewaterhouseCoopers and Vontu Announce Strategic Alliance to Provide Data Loss Prevention Solutions

Industry Alliance to Combine Advisory Services and Automated Data Loss Prevention

NEW YORK, NY and SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - June 5, 2007) - PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), and Vontu, Inc., the leader in Data Loss Prevention solutions, today announced a strategic alliance to help enterprise clients detect and prevent the loss of confidential information. This alliance, between a global leader in advisory services and an industry leader in data loss prevention, signals the growth and maturity of the data loss prevention marketplace.

Through the alliance relationship, PwC will provide professional services to help clients assess and minimize their risk of data loss as well as help assess and maintain compliance with data security and privacy regulations. When PwC performs risk and assessment services, its clients will now have the option of performing an automated data loss risk assessment using Vontu's data loss prevention platform, Vontu 7.

Vontu 7 enables organizations to protect confidential data anywhere -- at rest, in motion or at the endpoint. New features in Vontu 7 include content-aware monitoring of USB drives and other removable storage devices, new capabilities to support the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), Asian language detection, and discovery of confidential data at rest in Lotus Notes and SQL databases.

"With ever-increasing concerns regarding customer data exposures, compliance violations and intellectual property loss in digital environments, organizations are now, more than ever, looking to data loss prevention technologies to reduce risk. By working closely with Vontu, we now have the technology platform to create efficient rules and policies to address data loss risk holistically," said Gerard Verweij, principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

PwC will deliver business advisory services to provide data protection, privacy and security solutions including:

--  Risk Assessment Services
--  Data Mapping and Classification
--  Remediation Process Definition
--  Privacy Analysis
--  Vontu User Interface Configuration
--  Vontu Policy Development
--  Technical Advisory Integration Services
--  Technical & Business Process Testing
    

In addition to providing global, enterprise-scale solutions to protect confidential data from wrongful disclosure, and automatically enforce data loss prevention policies, PwC and Vontu will provide critical PCI compliance capabilities for any organization that handles Primary Account Number (PAN) and cardholder data. In several successful joint risk assessments, Vontu has provided comprehensive PCI compliance reporting and audit support.

PwC and Vontu will launch the alliance relationship with a series of web seminars and speaking engagements at industry conferences to educate the market on the critical business issues of data loss prevention and risk management.

"By adding significant integration and advisory expertise, as well as global reach, our strategic alliance with PwC will extend our ability to deliver high-quality services to meet future demand," said Ken Kim, vice president of professional services at Vontu. "We look forward to working with PwC to build long-term customer relationships that will help establish leading practices for data loss prevention on a global basis."

About Vontu

Vontu is the leading provider of Data Loss Prevention solutions that protect data anywhere -- at rest, in motion or at the endpoint. By reducing the risk of data loss, Vontu helps organizations ensure public confidence, demonstrate compliance and maintain competitive advantage. Vontu clients 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 www.vontu.com.

About PricewaterhouseCoopers

PricewaterhouseCoopers (www.pwc.com) provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for its clients and their stakeholders. More than 140,000 people in 149 countries across our network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice.

"PricewaterhouseCoopers" refers to the network of member firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, each of which is a separate and independent legal entity.

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