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Catbird vCompliance 1.1 Delivers Reporting for PCI and HIPAA Policy Enforcement

Catbird, the pioneer in leading-edge security and compliance solutions for virtual, cloud and physical networks, today announced the release of vCompliance 1.1, now the only virtualization security and compliance solution with extensive monitoring and enforcement of the PCI DSS v 1.2 and HIPAA-HITECH regulations. PCI and HIPAA protection augments Catbird’s award-winning automated monitoring of FISMA, DIACAP and SOX controls, making vCompliance the most comprehensive solution for real-time security monitoring and enforcement of regulatory compliance for physical, virtual and cloud-based IT infrastructure.

HIPAA-HITECH was passed last year, increasing liabilities for breaches of privacy. Similarly, PCI compliance in virtualized data centers is critical to card processors who are adopting green, virtual infrastructure while required to pass their PCI ASV and QSA audits. Existing non-virtualized security technologies will fail to audit, protect, or manage security to assure PCI or HIPAA compliance.

vCompliance 1.1 delivers continuous protection through Catbird’s breakthrough and exclusive TrustZones® technology. Catbird TrustZones implements an elastic security envelope for virtual machines, building security policy and continuous compliance into the fabric of the virtual data center, including private and public clouds.

The latest version is available in both the Catbird Enterprise Edition and the new Catbird Essentials Edition. The Enterprise Edition provides full-spectrum audit-friendly compliance monitoring and threat management including virtualized firewall, IDS/IPS, vulnerability management, forensic logging, policy administration, risk heatmaps, inventory and change control and extensive real-time reporting on an organization’s compliance posture against the leading 3rd party and in-house compliance standards–with extensive support of multi-tenancy/cloud capabilities. A dashboard tailored to the needs of regulators and auditors provides an instant assessment of the compliance status of the new virtualized data center.

Meanwhile, the Essentials Edition offers broad-based, critical virtualization security features such as firewall, IDS/IPS and vulnerability monitoring, across both physical and virtual networks, manageable from a single pane of glass. Starting at just $1295 per socket, the Catbird Essentials Edition is ideal for deployment across smaller networks and for companies just beginning to explore the benefits of virtualization and cloud architecture in their mission-critical data centers.

“As our bank transitioned operations from a traditional to a virtualized data center, we needed to be certain that we would not compromise compliance in any way,” noted Patrick Quinn, Assistant Vice President of Connecticut-based Thomaston Savings Bank. “Catbird was just what the auditor ordered, providing real-time status on the compliance posture of all of our virtual machines. We have so much confidence in Catbird that we do all data transfer over the network, even where we used to use sneakernet.”

“Auditors routinely give a ’thumbs-up’ to environments monitored by Catbird,” said Tamar Newberger, Catbird Vice President of Marketing. “Catbird weaves defense-in-depth security into the virtual and cloud fabric. We have set the standard for compliance by addressing more security controls than any of the competition. Catbird measures the overall security risk of the New Data Center against empirical standards - existing 3rd party or corporate compliance specifications. By building security into the foundation, Catbird’s multi-award winning broad set of services can balance the benefits of virtual and cloud infrastructure with expanding and adapting compliance metrics.”

Based on Catbird’s hallmark v-Security platform, vCompliance combines a rich, automated, 24x7 network sentry system with deep inspection and virtual infrastructure monitoring to provide the most reliable, comprehensive protection available. Catbird intelligently aggregates data from multiple sources: network, host and hypervisor. This all-encompassing coverage enables CIO’s and security officers to move forward confidently with virtualization deployment and cloud roll out.

Catbird’s award-winning security and compliance solutions are trusted by some of the largest, leading-edge technology companies in the world, including Amazon Web Services’ Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), and hundreds of financial services providers, datacenters and enterprise operations.

This week Catbird will be conducting a series of special webinars on security and compliance in virtualized infrastructure:

On June 29 at 2pm ET/11am PT, Catbird and its partner Guident will host A Case Study: Implementation of continuous security and compliance with NIST in virtual and physical data centers. Register Here

On June 30 at 1pm ET/10am PT, McAfee CTO and Bugtraq inventor Scott Chasin, SANS virtualization security expert Dave Shackleford and Catbird CTO Michael Berman will be holding a SANS webinar roundtable on cloud security and compliance. Register Here.

For more information about vCompliance, visit

Published Tuesday, June 29, 2010 5:20 PM by David Marshall
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