Thursday, May 11, 2017

SageNet Deploys Cryptzone Security App to Reduce Cost of PCI Compliance

TULSA, OK - May 11, 2017 - Tulsa-based SageNet has leveraged an authentication gateway security application to help large, multi-site retailers better meet Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance standards and improve their data security.

SageNet's cybersecurity services were recently brought on to help a large retailer with 700+ store locations in North America improve its PCI audit process. These audits measure retailers' operations for protecting cardholder data, building and maintaining a secure network, implementing strong access control measures, and regularly monitoring and testing networks, among other measurements. Retailers can pay penalties and even lose the ability to accept credit cards if their PCI program is not in compliance.

SageNet leveraged Cryptzone's AppGate application to reduce the customer's PCI scope and meet all industry compliance standards while also reducing the time and cost involved in fulfilling audit requirements. Not only was this beneficial in fulfilling the retailer's compliance mandates, but efficiencies also were achieved in day-to-day operations.
Said Paul Truitt, SageNet Chief Technology and Security Officer, "...we're creating a 'next generation' software-defined access control solution for customers that offers a much greater level of security control on how you provision and give users access to your systems."
AppGate enables organizations to adopt a Software-Defined Perimeter approach for stricter security control through creation of a secure authentication gateway. Users log into AppGate, which then provides users with secure access to only the authorized system or application, verifying user context and attributes before granting access to an application. Everything else on the network is invisible to the user. Once the user logs out, the secure tunnel disappears. The session can also be logged and monitored for complete visibility of all access activity.

"Our work with this multi-site retailer was the first time this technology was utilized this way, but we have since gone on to use it in several other deployments," Truitt added. "It's wonderful when technology can be leveraged to solve a problem not only for an immediate client but also for clients across an entire industry."

Business Value Award
In recognition of the innovative use of this technology, on April 11 SageNet was announced as a Business Value Award winner in the 2017 Channel Partners 360° Awards program, which honors channel partners that take a holistic approach to technology solutions and creating business value for their customers.

"We are honored to be a recipient of this award," said SageNet President Brad Wise. "It's recognition of the significant dedication and time that went into helping one of our clients meet a unique need by using an existing security app in a new way. AppGate is a great product, and we already see how this same process could be adopted by many of our clients to solve similar needs."

"As a strategic partner of Cryptzone's, SageNet leveraged our AppGate solution to address a PCI compliance challenge," added Tina Gravel, Cryptzone Senior Vice President of Global Channels and Alliances. "SageNet recognized an existing business problem and creatively used the AppGate technology to fill an important need for the customer." 

For more information about SageNet, visit or call 866-480-2263.

About SageNet

SageNet designs, implements, manages and protects fast, secure and reliable networks that empower organizations to achieve their core business objectives.  

SageNet manages communications at more than 160,000 locations. The company's customer base represents many of the nation's leading retail, healthcare, financial and energy companies, as well as public utilities, state lotteries and government agencies.

SagNet's cybersecurity solutions are all backed by a nationwide field service organization and three 24/7 U.S.-based Network and Security Operations Centers.

Headquartered in Tulsa, SageNet also has regional offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia.

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