Secure Elements and SignaCert Partner to Deliver Joint SCAP Solution

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Soulution provides positive attestation for SCAP configuration and binary/library validation for regulated and Federal IT customers. Combined offering validates SCAP configurations and related binaries to fulfill Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) Compliance.

SignaCert is actively involved with SCAP to help not only facilitate rapid adoption, but to help present a Positive Security Model as an extension to the project

Secure Elements, the industry leader in standards-based IT audit and compliance management, and SignaCert® Inc., the forefront provider of independent IT controls solutions, today announced a joint marketing and product development agreement through which the two firms will deliver the first complementary NIST Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) solution that combines positive attestation of SCAP configuration audits and the associated binary/library implementations.

On June 1st, 2007 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandated that providers of information technology shall certify applications are fully functional and operate correctly as intended on systems using the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) by Feb 1, 2008. On July 31st, 2007 OMB required that NIST's Security Content Automation Protocol (S-CAP) be utilized by industry and government in support of this initiative. SCAP measures systems against configurations, but falls short of ensuring that the components are authentic, and un-tampered.

"SignaCert is actively involved with SCAP to help not only facilitate rapid adoption, but to help present a Positive Security Model as an extension to the project," said Wyatt Starnes, Founder and CEO, SignaCert. "Together with Secure Elements we will deliver significant and immediate value to customers by enabling file based, positive attestation of FDCC image and general platform elements, definitively proving, against verifiable platform standards, that systems are deployed and configured as intended."

Secure Elements offers the only enterprise solution that works directly with the SCAP content, enabling Federal agencies to meet the OMB Mandate for FDCC compliance. By partnering with SignaCert - which can independently verify and validate applications at the binary level - the two companies are now uniquely positioned to offer Federal agencies a comprehensive, end-to-end, SCAP solution that enables full compliance with the FDCC.

"Secure Elements is always seeking out complimentary technologies that not only enhance our SCAP offering, but also simplify and improve the IT security compliance process for our Federal customers," said Ned Miller, President and CEO, Secure Elements. "In working closely with Federal agencies and understanding their pain points when it comes to achieving FDCC compliance, it became clear that partnering with SignaCert would create tremendous synergies between our two companies, and, for the first time, will provide customers with a single solution for achieving SCAP compliance with certification at the binary level."

About Secure Elements
Secure Elements delivers 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. For more information, visit http://www.secure-elements.com.

About SignaCert
SignaCert delivers independent IT controls that provide a deeper understanding to enterprise systems and prove applications are deployed as intended. The company's Enterprise Trust Server product enables business and government to measure, validate, and maintain the state of their technology infrastructure using a device-independent proactive approach that checks the operating system, applications, platforms and other software against a known trusted reference. This independent monitoring increases security, availability of critical IT infrastructure and fulfills critical compliance and auditing requirements. For more information, visit http://www.signacert.com.

SignaCert Press Contact:
Marta George
SignaCert, Inc
503-227-2207 x705
mgeorge(at)signacert.com

Secure Elements Press Contact:
Piper Conrad
On Behalf of Secure Elements
703-287-7820
pconrad(at)speakerboxpr.com

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