Datacard's Security Enhancements Help Financial Card Issuers Pass Critical Security Audits

Datacard Group’s new software and hardware security enhancements are designed to help financial card issuers comply with stringent security audits. Highlights include a new software security patch management service, a full suite of identity access management features and options to increase physical security – all configured for the Datacard MX Series card issuance systems.

To help financial card issuers meet or exceed the demanding PCI data security standard, the company will now offer patch validation and management—a software service in which Datacard tests all relevant security patches from Microsoft Corp. before they are deployed to the field. All approved patches are made available through Datacard software maintenance agreements. Once the new software patches are added to the MX Series systems, the systems will support security requirements with no interruption or slowing of the card production process.

Other Datacard security solutions support role-based authentication before granting access to various applications. Datacard Group provides assistance in securing endpoints to the card issuer’s network by logically disabling USB ports and CD/DVD ROM drives. Physical security features such as a topping foil destruction kit, as well as optional locking tray covers and module hoods help prevent unauthorized access to card stock and card personalization supplies.

“Datacard Group is directly addressing the market need for higher levels of physical and logical security to make it easier for our customers to pass security audits,” said Russell St. John, senior vice president of global marketing for Datacard Group. “Our hardware and software systems are specifically designed for multiple lines of defense for sensitive data while enabling optimum efficiency. This means that our solutions do not slow down operations – ultimately lowering costs, enabling faster turnaround times and maximizing cardholder satisfaction.”

All Datacard MX Series card issuance systems will now be shipped pre-configured with the recommended security settings to facilitate set-up efficiency. Datacard Group will also offer guidance for configuring these settings for existing systems already in the field.

This article originally appeared in the September 2011 issue of Security Today.

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