PixAlert in card data security deal with US firm ExoIS

22 Aug 2012

Dublin-based security software provider PixAlert has formed a partnership with ExoIS of Silicon Valley to integrate two of their products for protecting credit card data.

ExoIS has integrated PixAlert’s DataGuard data discovery email technology into its PeepSafe suite of applications, together preventing the entry and re-entry of cardholder data into corporate systems.

PeepSafe is aimed at organisations that store, process or transmit cardholder information. The suite, which is delivered as a service, is designed to sit between the consumer, the merchant system and the payment gateway enabling PCI-compliance. It ensures that cardholder data remains within a secure portal and can’t enter an organisation’s corporate network.

This solution can enable merchants, depending on the services selected, to reduce their PCI footprint down to an SAQ A with practically no impact on existing systems and processes.

The partnership between ExoIS and PixAlert is intended to increase the capabilities of the PeepSafe Level 1 PCI-compliant service to include a new way to detect and remotely quarantine cardholder data before it can enter or re-enter a corporate network.

All emails are re-directed to the PeepSafe portal for analysis by DataGuardT. If cardholder data is detected, the offending email is forwarded to a quarantine area within the secure PeepSafe environment.

This new partnership forms part of PixAlert’s strategy to develop new alliances with data security partners in expanding its global channels and market penetration in both unsecured, critical data discovery and credit card holder security and management.

A spokesperson for PixAlert told Siliconrepublic.com that it was difficult to predict the potential revenue to accrue from the agreement, as it is a new offering. “However, based on ExoIS’s market position, profile and distribution particularly within the US, PixAlert are confident that it will generate significant new global business and revenue streams.”

Another Irish security firm which is active in the payment card security space is Vigitrust, which has also been actively signing partners. Earlier this summer the Dublin company teamed up with Verizon to expand its IT security and compliance offering to include QSA (Qualified Security Assessor) services.

More recently, Vigitrust inked another agreement closer to home, by adding the ability to provide digitally signed proof of compliance to its Merchant Compliance Portal. To do this, it’s using patented technology and web services from another Dublin-based security company, Digiprove.

Gordon Smith was a contributor to Silicon Republic