Vanguard Integrity Professionals Joins PCI Security Standards Council as Newest Participating Organization

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Vanguard Integrity Professionals has joined the PCI Security Standards Council as a new participating organization. As a Participating Organization, Vanguard will work with the Council to support the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) and other payment card data protection standards. The PCI DSSrequires merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit customer payment card data to adhere to information security controls and processes that ensure data integrity.

Vanguard Integrity Professionals, the leading provider of enterprise security software for mainframes, announced today that it has joined the PCI Security Standards Council as a new participating organization. As a Participating Organization, Vanguard Integrity Professionals will work with the Council to support the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) and other payment card data protection standards.

The PCI DSS, endorsed by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc., requires merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit customer payment card data to adhere to information security controls and processes that ensure data integrity. More information on the council and the standard can be found at http://www.pcisecuritystandards.org

As a Participating Organization, Vanguard will now have access to the latest payment card security standards from the Council, be able to provide feedback on the standards and become part of a growing community that now includes more than 500 organizations. In an era of increasingly sophisticated attacks on systems, adhering to the PCI DSS provides protection against data criminals. By joining as a Participating Organization Vanguard is adding its voice to the process.

"The PCI Security Standards Council is committed to helping everyone involved in the payment chain protect consumer payment data," said Bob Russo, General Manager of the PCI Security Standards Council. "By participating in the standards setting process, Vanguard demonstrates they are playing an active part in this important end goal."

"The PCI Security Standards Council and Vanguard share similar interests and a strong commitment to the PCI Data Security Standards. Vanguard's Software Development, Professional Services, training and conference groups are committed to supporting the PCI Security Standards Council's goals and promoting PCI DSS," said Jim Yurek, Chief PCI Officer for Vanguard.
About PCI Security Standards Council

The mission of the PCI Security Standards Council is to enhance payment account security by driving education and awareness of PCI security standards. For more information, please visit http://www.pcisecuritystandards.org

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.

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