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Endace and Aura introduce integrated security solution
Posted on 1-Sep-2011 09:28. | Tags Filed under: News.

Endace have announced an alliance with Aura RedEye Security to create the world’s first integrated Network Intrusion Detection System and Vulnerability Scanning Engine targeting organisations seeking to achieve PCI DSS compliance for their operational networks.

PCI DSS is the global Payment Card Industry information security standard and defines a series of information security requirements that organisations, such as online retailers, must have in place if they are to support online credit card transactions. In New Zealand alone there are more than 80,000 organisations that require some level of PCI compliance.

Amongst more than a dozen requirements, PCI requires organisations to run quarterly vulnerability scans of their network that attempt to identify systems that are potentially vulnerable to attack and have a network intrusion detection system deployed that can detect a wide range of different attacks. Traditionally these two technologies have been physically separate however, through technical collaboration between the two organisations, the two technologies have been bought together to create a compelling one-box solution that offers daily vulnerability scanning, improves visibility into all types of security threats and provides 100% accurate packet-level forensic evidence for any breaches and vulnerabilities.

Tim Nichols, Endace VP Marketing said “PCI is really just the minimum level of network security that any organisation should be attempting to achieve. Organisations that understand the brand and reputational risks associated with data loss recognise the need to go much further than the standard set by PCI. This collaboration goes well beyond the standards set by the PCI council and offers organisations a powerful solution to what is rapidly becoming one of the most serious issues faced by e-tailers today.”

Andy Prow, Aura’s Managing Director said, “We’re extremely excited to be involved with Endace in this initiative. We've found that by combining both Aura and Endace's systems we're creating truly ground-breaking features and security services that will be hitting the market over the next few months and year. Both companies are global experts in their fields and are being actively supported by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, so we both have active research and development programmes that are enabling us to innovate faster than we would otherwise be able to do.”

Endace and Aura will be demonstrating their integrated solution at Auckland's 4th Annual Technology & Innovation Show at the Hilton on the 1st September 2011.

Aura recently announced its achievement of PCI-ASV (Payment Card Industry - Approved Scanning Vendor) status – becoming the first New Zealand company to be qualified by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council to certify the information security of merchants and service providers. This is important to any bank or major credit card processing organisation. Aura’s local clientele includes most major NZ banks, nearly all core and key Government agencies, tertiary institutions, the finance and insurance sector and major corporate clients including Xero.

Endace clients include major international stock exchanges, a large number of international banks and a significant pool of international and national security agencies. Endace has seen huge international growth over the past 10 years. It is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, with offices in the USA (Chantilly, Virginia) and the UK (Reading), and a staff of more than 160 around the world.

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