Service fully automates quarterly PCI scan.

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Facilitating compliance administration, Certified PCI Scan Service v2.0 includes automated preparation of Self-Assessment Questionnaire as well as online submission of certified quarterly PCI reports. Users can complete questionnaire and revisit document as often as required to ensure accuracy before submitting it for review. Service automatically notifies acquiring financial institution when reports are available for secure retrieval.

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nCircle Certified PCI Scan Service Fully Automates Quarterly PCI Scan

New version reduces complexity and cost of PCI Compliance for merchants and service providers; continues to deliver the most up-to-date tool for timely, accurate PCI compliance

SAN FRANCISCO, July 9 /-- nCircle, the leading provider of agentless security risk and compliance management solutions, today announced the nCircle Certified PCI Scan Service version 2.0. This version extends the scan service to include automated preparation of the Self-Assessment Questionnaire as well as online submission of the certified quarterly PCI reports for automated retrieval by acquiring financial institutions. The addition of these capabilities to the scan service simplifies compliance administration and enables merchants and service providers of all sizes to demonstrate PCI compliance easily and cost-effectively.

The nCircle Certified PCI Scan Service version 2.0 now includes an online version of the Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ), a required validation tool developed by the PCI Security Standards Council for merchants and service providers to demonstrate PCI compliance. Users can complete the questionnaire online and revisit the document as often as required to ensure accuracy before submitting it for review. In addition, this version also automates the process of filing the SAQ and quarterly PCI reports at the completion of a network scan, through an online portal. The service then automatically notifies the acquiring financial institution when reports are available for secure, convenient retrieval.

These new capabilities, when combined with automated network scanning and a streamlined vulnerability remediation process, simplify administration while reducing the operational costs associated with demonstrating quarterly PCI compliance. In addition to benefiting merchants and service providers, the new version also benefits acquiring financial institutions by enabling them to regularly monitor the compliance status of their merchants.

Additional highlights of the new version include the addition of Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base scores as indicated in the National Vulnerability Database to the auto-generated PCI reports. CVSS is an industry standard established to commonly assess the severity of a vulnerability to help prioritize the urgency of response to address it. It solves the problem of multiple, vendor-specific scoring systems and simplifies tracking PCI compliance for merchants, service providers and acquiring financial institutions. The PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) v1.1 requires that as of June 30th, 2007, all Approved Scanning Vendors must be able to deliver certified PCI reports that include CVSS scores.

"The nCircle Certified PCI Scan Service was among the first to pass rigorous testing to become a certified Approved Scan Vendor under the enhanced version 1.1 of the PCI Data Security Standard," said Stefan Petry, Vice President of Product Management, nCircle. "We continue to expand our vision for the service by being among the first to deliver the most advanced, yet simple, and up to date PCI compliance tools in the industry."

"The Payment Card Industry and the standard are both still evolving, leaving companies to face a number of uncertainties regarding PCI compliance," said Dave Shackleford, Vice President for the Center for Internet Security and Founder of Blue Heron Security, Inc. "They should certainly consider partnering with companies like nCircle, who continue to meet and exceed industry requirements to offer reliable compliance services."

The nCircle Certified PCI Scan Service v2.0 is now available at First time users are offered a free scan.

About nCircle
nCircle is the leading provider of agentless security risk and compliance management solutions. More than 3,500 enterprises, government agencies and service providers around the world rely on nCircle's proactive security solutions to identify, measure, manage and reduce security risk and automate compliance on their networks. nCircle has won numerous awards for growth, innovation and technology leadership and has been ranked among the top 100 best places to work in the San Francisco Bay Area. nCircle is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with regional offices throughout the USA and in London, Toronto and Tokyo. Additional information about nCircle is available at

nCircle is a registered trademark of nCircle Network Security, Inc. All other registered or unregistered trademarks are the sole property of their respective owners

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