Four of Top Five Fortune 500 Utility Companies Keep Power Grid Secure With Vanguard Software

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Four of the top five utility companies on the 2009 Fortune 500 list now use Vanguard Security Software. These leading utility providers are leveraging Vanguard Security Management and Compliance Solutions to protect mainframe data and applications, streamline security administration, and ensure compliance with Sarbanes Oxley (SOX), PCI Data Security Standard, future Smart Grid privacy requirements and other regulatory requirements.

Vanguard Integrity Professionals, the leading provider of enterprise security software for mainframes, today announced that four of the top five utility companies on the 2009 Fortune 500 list* now use Vanguard Security Management Suite to protect mainframe data and applications and ensure continuous availability of power grid operations during normal and emergency operations. By automating audit processes, with Vanguard Audit and Compliance Suite, the country’s largest utilities are also saving valuable time and resources, while ensuring compliance with Sarbanes Oxley (SOX), PCI Data Security Standard, future Smart Grid privacy requirements and other regulatory requirements.

“Power system operations have continuous performance and reliability requirements that present huge security challenges,” said Brian Marshall, director of product development at Vanguard. “Leading utility companies rely on Vanguard software to secure their mainframe systems and help them meet 24x7 and 99.999% power grid availability during normal and emergency power system operations.”

Vanguard software enables large enterprises with mainframe systems to enforce and automate security controls, secure critical data and applications, reduce administration and remediation costs, and ensure compliance with regulations.

“The protection of the nation’s power grid is going to become increasingly important as the Smart Grid introduces new complexities and risks,” Marshall continued. “Vanguard software is an important part of these leading utility companies’ solutions for protecting mission critical assets from security threats and decreasing exposure to attacks.”

Vanguard provides the industry’s most comprehensive and effective security management software for mainframe systems. With Vanguard, organizations can improve security protection and automate processes for their IBM z/OS Security Server systems. Vanguard Security Management Suite enables enterprises to strengthen and automate mainframe security, minimize time spent performing routine operations, and improve security staff productivity. Vanguard Audit and Compliance Suite reduces audit and compliance burdens by eliminating many manual processes and enabling auditors and security personnel to automatically extract information required for audits from RACF databases.

Vanguard Enforcer™ won the 2009 GSN Homeland Security Award for Best Intrusion Detection/Prevention System. Vanguard Audit and Compliance Suite and Vanguard Enterprise Security Training are finalists in the 2010 SC Magazine Awards.

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 Audit and Compliance, Security Management, Intrusion Detection and Identity and Access Management, 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, names of customers may not be disclosed publicly. For more information about these users of Vanguard solutions, contact Andy Lavin at (212) 290-9540.

IBM, z/OS and RACF are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both. Any other marks belong to their respective owners.

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