Top Global Retailer Deploys Vanguard Policy Manager™ For Automated Security And Regulatory Policy Enforcement

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Vanguard Integrity Professionals is pleased to announce that a leading global retailer has deployed Vanguard Policy Manager™ software to help reduce security risks and meet regulatory compliance requirements. The Vanguard Policy Manager solution delivers more granular controls than those provided by z/OS Security Server (RACF®) so that broad system access only has to be granted to the most senior security officers and administrators.

Vanguard Integrity Professionals, the leading independent provider of enterprise security software for mainframes, today announced that a leading global retailer* has deployed Vanguard Policy Manager™ software to help reduce security risks and meet regulatory compliance requirements. Vanguard Policy Manager will enable the retailer to automate its enforcement of corporate security and compliance requirements and reduce administration and remediation costs. The Vanguard software solution delivers more granular controls than those provided by z/OS Security Server (RACF®) so that broad system access only has to be granted to the most senior security officers and administrators.

The retailer places a high priority on correctly administering its RACF databases to ensure that controls and settings were accurately maintained and compliant with policies. However, due to the company's large number of users and systems, these processes required an inordinate amount of time and resources. With Vanguard Policy Manager the retailer is able to automatically prevent unauthorized commands from being issued and limit access to only the specific areas of the system that each administrator requires to get their job done. Since deploying Vanguard Policy Manager, the retailer has reduced costs and improved its policy enforcement processes.

Vanguard Policy Manager eliminates intentional, accidental or unauthorized changes to the mainframe system by preventing commands that do not comply with security policies from being issued and ensuring that users cannot alter established policies. The software enables hierarchical policies to be set that precisely control which users can issue specific RACF commands and command parameters. Vanguard Policy Manager ensures stricter enforcement of corporate access policies, and compliance with regulations such as SOX and HIPAA, and industry standards such as PCI.

"Maintaining tight control over the security compliance and audit process is a critical imperative for most enterprises, especially as the number of users with access to mainframe systems and the potential for security breaches continues to increase," said Brian Marshall, director of product development and delivery at Vanguard. "Vanguard Policy Manager enables mainframe security administrators to stop a problem before it starts, which saves companies a tremendous amount of time and resources."

With its deployment of Vanguard Policy Manager, this global retailer has completed its implementation of the entire Vanguard Audit and Compliance suite, which includes Vanguard Analyzer™, Vanguard Enforcer™, and Vanguard inCompliance™. The suite provides complete remediation support, reporting, alerts, intrusion detection, and compliance maintenance.

For more information about Vanguard Policy Manager or the Vanguard Audit and Compliance suite, visit http://www.go2vanguard.com, or get the Vanguard Policy Manager white paper at http://www.go2vanguard.com/VanguardPolicyManagerWP.pdf.

About Vanguard Integrity Professionals

Vanguard Integrity Professionals provides enterprise security software and services that solve complex security and regulatory compliance challenges for government agencies and corporations around the world. With solutions for Identity and Access Management, Audit and Compliance, Security Administration and Intrusion Detection, Vanguard automates processes necessary to identify and mitigate the risks customers face. Vanguard's customers receive a rapid return on investment and are able to focus on other critical business needs thereby becoming more productive and more secure. For more information, visit http://www.go2vanguard.com.

*For security reasons, the retail customer's name cannot be identified.

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