Protegrity and Thales partner for data protection

May 12, 2010

Protegrity USA, Inc. an innovative leader in providing Data Security Management Solutions, today announced a partnership with Thales, a leader in information systems and communications security, to strengthen sensitive data protection specific to the protection of cardholder data and personally identifiable information.

Through this partnership, Protegrity has integrated the Protegrity Data Security Platform, one of the broadest protection platforms in the market and the first to offer flexibility in data protection supporting encryption, tokenization, format controlled encryption, and masking, with the Thales nShield product family of hardware security modules (HSMs).

The Protegrity and Thales integration enables customers to protect sensitive data from acquisition to deletion, leveraging hardened protection capabilities throughout the data’s lifecycle.

This solution leverages Protegrity’s capability to protect cardholder data as it travels from its earliest acquisition point at the store, to its analysis in the data warehouse.

This partnership effectively takes the complexities and time out of deploying traditional end-to-end data protection solutions, and provides a comprehensive offering to customers.

This solution limits the scope of auditing requirements and expedites the process of key management.

The technology integration incorporates the flexibility of the Protegrity Data Protection System (DPS), securing data in point of sale terminals, databases, file servers, and applications, while the key management process is protected by Thales.

This partnership is the first for both companies to combine the security of a hardware security module with the extensibility of a data protection platform that provides strong encryption, tokenization, and format controlled encryption in a single solution.

Over the last 6 years Protegrity has helped some of the world’s largest retailers protect data across their enterprise and comply with PCI.

“Protegrity is very excited to be partnering with Thales.

“The Thales partnership will help to extend our existing data security platform while providing an additional layer of security our customers care about.

“Add to that the value this brings to our existing protection of PII and PHI data, the partnership makes a lot of sense.” Iain Kerr, CEO of Protegrity.

“Thales is delighted to expand its partner network to include Protegrity through the combination of our leading family of nShield HSMs with the Protegrity Data Security Platform to provide powerful encryption and key management solutions for the market,” said Franck Greverie, vice president of the information technology security activities of Thales.

“This integration will make it easier for Protegrity customers to reduce risk and scope for PCI DSS audits.”


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