SOURCE: SecurityMetrics

April 29, 2008 12:16 ET

SecurityMetrics Demonstrates 'Live Hack' of Consumer Credit Card Data at Interop 2008

Security Experts Show the Anatomy of a Hack and How to Thwart Attacks Using PCI

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - April 29, 2008) - SecurityMetrics today announced that its PCI security team will demonstrate a live hack of consumer credit data during the Interop 2008 technology show to be held in Las Vegas from April 29, 2008 through May 2, 2008. In the fifteen-minute presentation, SecurityMetrics provides guidance to the community on how to identify and avoid dangerous security vulnerabilities that compromise consumer data by showing the anatomy of a hack. The 'Live Hack' demonstration shows technical and non-technical audiences just how vulnerable their assets and data are by demonstrating just how easily an attacker can bypass firewalls to take complete control of a target server and steal information.

While retailers and their credit card data have long been the primary target for criminals looking to exploit system vulnerabilities, hackers are now using more sophisticated approaches and techniques to gain access to valuable data. SecurityMetrics' research team has identified key exploits as part of a growing trend of attacks that target consumer-oriented enterprises that take payment cards. As an additional bonus SecurityMetrics will demonstrate that although security has progressed, it is not foolproof.

"Contrary to common belief that a firewall will provide enough protection, SecurityMetrics will show how an attacker can steal credit card data easily using a web browser," said Brad Caldwell, CEO of SecurityMetrics. "We will show Interop attendees just how vulnerable their systems are to being exploited and help the community understand how to combat the threat."

Also at Interop 2008, SecurityMetrics will discuss the latest ways to use PCI DSS compliance as a best practice way to secure the datacenter and to find vulnerabilities and develop protection accordingly. Since 2002, SecurityMetrics has worked with leaders in the Payment Card Industry on the security research and development of strategies to prevent data theft. That knowledge, coupled with technology and procedures specifically engineered to deter common security weaknesses, make SecurityMetrics a key starting point in any PCI DSS compliance program.

Offering the most comprehensive and affordable PCI program in the industry, SecurityMetrics is a one stop shop for merchants. Services include unlimited 24 x 7 live technical support, limitless manual scanning, weekly resolution reminders, and consulting services before system upgrades or changes are implemented.

The Live Hack Demo will run twice hourly in the SecurityMetrics Booth # 233 during Interop. To learn more about the latest strategies in ensuring continuous compliance with PCI DSS and SecurityMetrics' PCI Compliance Solutions, contact a representative at 801.705.5665 in North America or 0207.993.8030 in Europe. Additional information is available here: http://www.securitymetrics.com.

About SecurityMetrics

SecurityMetrics, Inc. is a leading provider of Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) security solutions. SecurityMetrics is certified to perform PCI Scans (ASV), PCI audits (QSA), Payment Application Best Practices audits (QPASP), MasterCard Point of Sale Terminal Security Program audits, penetration tests and forensic analysis. SecurityMetrics also offers a security appliance that includes vulnerability assessment, intrusion detection and intrusion prevention capabilities. SecurityMetrics is a privately held corporation headquartered in Orem, Utah. For more information contact SecurityMetrics at (801) 724-9600 or visit www.securitymetrics.com.

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