Accuvant Earns Approved SDP Vendor Distinction

Denver, Colorado - February 15, 2005 - Accuvant, an elite provider of information security solutions, announced today that they are a certified scanning vendor and can assist Visa and MasterCard merchant organizations with their scanning requirements.

In effort to safeguard confidential cardholder information, MasterCard and Visa members, online merchants and member service providers are required to scan their external network perimeter to ensure compliancy with pre-defined security standards.

As a certified vendor of the MasterCard Site Data Protection Program (SDP), and Visa Cardholder Information Security Program (CISP), Accuvant has demonstrated a high level of expertise and knowledge in assessing and securing enterprise data.

Merchant organizations must adhere to a number of security requirements and these policies are based on annual Visa or MasterCard transaction volume. Merchant levels are defined as:

Merchant Level Description

  1. Any merchant processing over 6,000,000 Visa/MasterCard transactions per year, or identified by any other payment card brand as Level 1
  2. Any merchant processing 150,000 to 6,000,000 Visa/ MasterCard e-commerce transactions per year
  3. Any merchant processing 20,000 to 150,000 Visa/MasterCard e-commerce transactions per year
  4. Any merchant processing fewer than 20,000 Visa/MasterCard e-commerce transactions per year, and all other merchants processing up to 6,000,000 Visa/MasterCard transactions per year

The transaction volume is based on the aggregate number of Visa/MasterCard transactions from Doing Business AS (DBA) or a chain of stores (not a corporation that has several chains). All merchant organizations are required to fulfill their scanning obligations by June 30, 2006, with the exclusion of Level 1 Visa merchants, whose deadlines have passed.

"Theft of cardholder data is a major concern for all participants in the payment industry. By adhering to governance standards, merchants will better protect the integrity of their cardholder's confidential data," stated Matthew Alderman, Director of Compliance Services for Accuvant. "Accuvant is uniquely positioned to assist merchants with their scanning requirements because information security is Accuvant's core business."

About Accuvant : Accuvant provides solutions to address enterprise information security challenges. Accuvant security consultants rely on industry expertise and proven methodologies to help clients assess their environment, improve their compliance posture, and secure their infrastructure. Headquartered in Denver, Accuvant has 15 offices across the United States. For more information on Accuvant, please visit