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Catbird Releases Auditor Reviewed PCI Solution Guide for Compliance Monitoring

Solution Guide for PCI Demonstrates the Value of Virtualized Security to Protect Sensitive Systems

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/14/12 -- Catbird®, the pioneer in Virtualization Threat Management (VTM™), today announced the publication of the Catbird PCI Solution Guide, an auditor-reviewed reference architecture that provides formal guidance for enterprises deploying virtual infrastructure in Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS 2.0)-regulated data centers. The Catbird PCI Solution Guide is an addendum to the VMware Solution Guide for the Payment Card Industry. The Catbird PCI Solution Guide augments the native security offerings in VMware vCloud® Suite 5.1 to cover additional control areas required for PCI compliance, enabling retailers to accelerate and simplify the transition of mission critical operations to virtualized data centers.

"Customers are becoming ready to virtualize sensitive systems, such as PCI payment processing. Catbird's vSecurity® integrates with VMware vShield™, VMware vCenter™ Configuration Manager and the VMware Trusted Cloud Ecosystem to supplement our native security offerings accelerating these deployments and reducing the complexity of meeting such audit requirements," said Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. "VMware is committed to helping regulated organizations move to a private cloud model by providing in-depth and validated guidance to the compliance community. Partners such as Catbird are important for this effort, integrating additional controls for segmentation, auditing, and automated evidence of control, in order to offer a complete solution to customers who are subject to PCI compliance."

"Catbird vSecurity has enabled our retailer and payment processor customers to accelerate the transition of their PCI-regulated workloads to the private cloud," said Edmundo Costa, CEO of Catbird. "Catbird's broad compliance protection monitors 48 Priority 1 and 2 technical controls, ensuring the highest level of protection and streamlining the compliance and audit process. The new recommendations we are providing VMware in the addendum to the VMware guide will help further assist our customers in achieving full PCI compliance more quickly and easily, at a lower cost."

Compliance and security continue to remain top concerns for regulated organizations transitioning to the private cloud. The Catbird PCI Solution Guide provides essential guidance for VMware administrators, security professionals and auditors as they seek to monitor, enforce and measure the compliance posture of a virtualized data center.

Catbird vSecurity addresses many PCI Requirement Areas, covering most of the required PCI controls on the data plane (virtual machines, network attributes and switch fabric) of the virtual infrastructure. The majority of these controls have been designated as highest priority in the "Prioritized Approach Tool for PCI DSS 2.0" published by the PCI governing body, the PCI Security Standards Council. For a data center to be certified PCI compliant, these areas must be intentionally monitored.

Catbird's software-defined security for VMware yields more accurate and more agile protection than previously possible with legacy physical architectures. By enforcing security inside the virtual host and virtual switch fabric, Catbird delivers network and data protection through security orchestration of NAC, Firewall, Incident Response (IDS/IPS), Zone Configuration, Change Management, and Auditing. VMware vShield App controls are available for Catbird vSecurity through an embedded OEM partnership with VMware. The integration gives Catbird vSecurity customers the ability to immediately deploy VMware vShield App™ as an integrated component of Catbird's PCI solution for virtualized infrastructure.

Catbird will be in booth No. 127 today at the PCI SSC North American Community Meeting in Orlando and will be distributing the guide, as well as demonstrating best-practice PCI compliance in virtualized infrastructure, including:

  • Catbird's vCompliance™ using VMware vShield controls to measure dynamic application and validation of control against PCI, NIST, FISMA, DIACAP and other compliance standards.
  • Setting up and deploying orchestration, management, and auditing of security services, including VMware vShield App Security Groups within Catbird vSecurity to dynamically control network access between virtual machines in a virtual data center.
  • Logical zoning and asset protection via Catbird's TrustZones® policy enforcement, including full VMware vShield controls, to help monitor and quarantine out of compliance assets, reducing costs, accelerating deployments, and implementing secure disaster recovery.

To download a free copy of the guide, go to http://www2.catbird.com/pdf/Catbird-VMware-PCI-Reference-Guide. To download a demo of vSecurity, go to http://www.catbird.com/demo. To learn more about Catbird's industry-leading, comprehensive security solutions for virtual and cloud environments, visit http://www.catbird.com. Follow Catbird on Twitter at @CatbirdSecurity, or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/catbirdsecurevirtualization.

About Catbird (www.catbird.com)
Catbird is the industry leader in comprehensive security and compliance for virtualized, cloud and physical environments, and a winner of four Best of Show Finalist Awards at VMworld 2010, 2009 and 2008, and SC Magazine's "Innovator of the Year 2011" for virtualization security. Via Catbird vSecurity, Catbird is the only company delivering best-practice software-defined security for Hypervisor, Guest VMs and Policy/Regulatory Security Compliance. As companies migrate mainstream servers and desktops to virtual environments, uncertainty over security and compliance can impact deployment plans. Catbird's protection eliminates these worries and keeps virtualization plans on track. Founded in 2000 by Internet pioneer Ron Lachman, the company's innovative technology protects tens of thousands of customer systems and networks who rely on Catbird and its partners to protect their valuable IT assets from external and internal threats. The private company is based in Silicon Valley.

VMware, VMworld, VMware vShield App and VMware vShield are registered trademarks and/or trademark of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. The use of the word "partner" or "partnership" does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.

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