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Faronics announced that its flagship product, Deep Freeze Cloud, is now endorsed by Fortrex Technologies, a Qualified Security Assessor, to support merchants’ efforts to comply with the requirements of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) and Data Security Standard (DSS) Compliance Certificate.

Fortrex is qualified by the PCI Security Standards Council to assess compliance to the PCI DSS standard. Fortrex reviewed the product features and functionality of Deep Freeze Cloud, the cloud-managed version of Faronics’ instant system restore solution, and considered it for security control capabilities in supporting merchant and service provider PCI DSS compliance efforts. As a result of testing, Fortrex confirmed that Faronics Deep Freeze Cloud facilitates compliance with six of the requirements of the standard. It was verified to support merchant and service provider PCI DSS compliance efforts through the ability to establish and enforce multiple required security controls and processes. Its ability to prevent user modification of system configuration settings fully support merchant and service provider efforts to ensure that deployed configuration standards are uniformly maintained.

The verification that Deep Freeze supports PCI DSS compliance efforts benefits Faronics’ retail customers that use POS systems and accept credit card payments. Faronics’ comprehensive suite of software helps retail IT admins to manage, simplify, and secure their multi-user systems and helps them comply with PCI security standards. Adherence to the 12 PCI DSS requirements of the standards ensures that customers’ credit card data is secure throughout every payment transaction and protected from the hassle and cost of malicious attacks and data breaches.

Deep Freeze Cloud enables retailers to easily monitor the status of multiple computers and troubleshoot IT issues from a simple web-based console. It keeps customer payment data secure and prevents disruptions on POS systems, inventory management systems, customer kiosks, as well as sales, demo and training workstations. With zero disruptions in back-end operations, inventory management is optimized and merchants experience increased revenue.

“The endorsement from Fortrex underscores our ongoing commitment to ensuring that our retail customers run their businesses smoothly and safely with secure systems in place,” said a company spokesperson. “We are pleased that we can help our customers comply with the Council’s standards. On a larger level, we are also proud that we are contributing to the ongoing global effort to keep shoppers’ sensitive payment card information secure in a world where data breaches are increasingly commonplace and will only grow as hackers and their methods become more sophisticated.”

About Faronics

With a well-established record of helping organizations manage, simplify, and secure their IT infrastructure, Faronics makes it possible to do more with less by maximizing the value of existing technology. Their suite of products ensures 100% workstation availability, and frees up IT teams from tedious technical support and software issues. Incorporated in 1996, Faronics has offices in the USA, Canada and the UK, as well as a global network of channel partners. Faronics solutions are deployed in over 150 countries, and are helping more than 30,000 organizations worldwide.

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About PCI

The PCI Security Standards Council offers robust and comprehensive standards and supporting materials to enhance payment card data security. These materials include a framework of specifications, tools, measurements and support resources to help organizations ensure the safe handling of cardholder information at every step. The keystone is the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), which provides an actionable framework for developing a robust payment card data security process — including prevention, detection and appropriate reaction to security incidents.

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