Secure Elements Announces C5 Content Platform - Next Generation Application Enables Management and Delivery of Dynamic Security Content

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Organizations can now author, manage, version, publish, and distribute composite XML security documents including NIST SCAP-compliant formats.

Secure Elements has led the industry in authoring and managing complex NIST SCAP compliant documents in support of several U.S. Federal Government initiatives

Herndon, VA September 19, 2007 -- Secure Elements (, the industry leader in standards-based IT audit and compliance management, today announced the development of the C5 Content Platform. Derived from more than three years of research and development involving management of thousands of semantically related XML documents, the C5 Content Platform provides a feature rich environment for organizations responsible for managing and disseminating a diverse set of XML-based security documents. The solution manages content from inception and can retrieve/import content from authoritative sources with features for editing, versioning, and dependency checking. It also enables users to publish the content via WS-I compliant web services for use across or within enterprises.

Initial content support includes NIST SCAP compliant data formats as well as commonly used commercial threat alert services that are used as part of our nation’s critical infrastructure protection initiatives. Targeted use cases at the federal level include environments such as the DoD IAVM processes, DISA STIG authoring/conversion initiatives, and other federal automation initiatives where an agency represents an authoritative source of these XML documents. Use cases in the commercial sector include security and software vendors that provide security content to their customers/subscribers. Additionally, any large public or private sector enterprise with a decentralized IT infrastructure will find this level of visibility, automation, and control extremely valuable.

“Secure Elements has led the industry in authoring and managing complex NIST SCAP compliant documents in support of several U.S. Federal Government initiatives,” commented Ned Miller, CEO of Secure Elements. “With the introduction of the C5 Content Platform we quickly broaden the nature of the solutions possible – and accelerate agencies’ abilities to automate additional aspects of their business processes and activities for these specialized content initiatives.”

In addition to offering this capability to XML content providers, certain features from the solution will be included in upcoming Secure Elements’ C5 Compliance Platform releases. This will provide requirements traceability and full visibility from the guidance producer down to the enterprise implementer, enabling immediate impact analysis when guidance is published or modified.

The C5 Content Platform is available for demonstration and will be available for deployment in Q4 2007. Professional services for implementation and customization will be available from Secure Elements and a select set of strategic partners.

Secure Elements’ flagship offering, the C5 Compliance Platform, is 100% NIST SCAP compliant with a six Star rating and is built on open XML standards (OVAL and XCCDF) for technical control auditing and benchmarking, vulnerability management, and FISMA reporting. The C5 Compliance Platform is certified for Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) scanning today.

About Secure Elements
Secure Elements develops innovative products that help organizations achieve IT security compliance. We enable organizations to audit, evaluate, and comply with internal, industry, and regulatory policies. Our solutions reduce business risk and IT management costs while improving systems performance and maintaining business continuity. Based in Northern Virginia, Secure Elements serves organizations in the federal government and critical infrastructure markets, as well as the Global 1000.

Piper Conrad
On Behalf of Secure Elements
Phone: (703) 287-7820
E-mail: pconrad(at)

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