Secure Elements Announces Joint Marketing Agreement with Grant Thornton LLP Global Public Sector

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Leading Business Advisory Firm to Leverage Secure Elements' Technology and Expertise in Joint Compliance Initiatives

Secure Elements' solutions for automated compliance auditing - especially for the FDCC - are an excellent complement to our service offering in IT compliance, risk management and security

Secure Elements, the industry leader in standards-based IT audit and compliance management, today announced a joint marketing agreement with Grant Thornton LLP that enables both firms to jointly market services and solutions for Information Assurance and compliance solutions to the Federal government. This announcement was made today at the Third Annual IT Security Automation Conference, where Secure Elements demonstrated their C5 Compliance technology on stage during Karen Evans' keynote address.

"Secure Elements' solutions for automated compliance auditing - especially for the FDCC - are an excellent complement to our service offering in IT compliance, risk management and security," commented Jim St. Clair, a Senior Manager in the Global Public Sector of Grant Thornton LLP. "The ease of use of C5 technology is an outstanding resource as we respond to the rise in our clients' need for a variety of compliance solutions. The net result is more efficient and effective compliance efforts for us and our customer."

Under the agreement, Secure Elements and Grant Thornton will jointly market their auditing capabilities in the federal government space. The firms anticipate expanding the scope of the partnership beyond government to additional industry vertical markets as the need for automated compliance potentially grows in other regulated industries.

"As our business steadily grows the need for a partner with expertise in IT standards compliance and a global presence was required," said Ned Miller, CEO, Secure Elements. "With Grant Thornton's global footprint and excellent industry reputation, the partnership will enable our service delivery model to expand exponentially."

The C5 family of solutions is built on open XML standards (OVAL and XCCDF) for technical control auditing and benchmarking, vulnerability management, and FISMA reporting. Available in both enterprise (C5 Compliance Platform) and auditor (C5 Auditor Pro) versions, C5 automates the measurement and reporting of systems' compliance with regulatory security requirements including Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC), FISMA, ISO 17799, HIPAA, SOX, and NERC/FERC.

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. Visit Secure Elements at

About Grant Thornton LLP
Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International, one of the six global accounting, tax and business advisory organizations. Through member firms in more than 110 countries, including 52 offices in the United States, the partners and employees of Grant Thornton member firms provide personalized attention and the highest quality service to public and private clients around the globe. Visit Grant Thornton LLP at

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