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SecureWorks Launches New Compliance Central Service

Security-as-a-software service streamlines the governance, vendor risk management and compliance lifecycle of organizations
(ATLANTA, Ga " February 9, 2009) SecureWorks', the industry's leading Security-as-a-Service provider, has launched a new service called Compliance Central, aimed at simplifying and automating the vendor risk management process. Organizations that have affiliates like vendors, service providers, franchisees, channel partners, electric distributors, etc. can use Compliance Central to develop and administer self-assessment questionnaires, which their affiliates can use to attest to security policies and procedures they have in place. Compliance Central will house all their compliance documentation in a centralized, secure portal. This new service provides clients with a cost-effective way of managing workflow for thousands of affiliates. Additionally, when affiliates have to facilitate communication with their managing organizations, complete questionnaires or upload documentation attesting to their security policies and procedures, Compliance Central will allow them to do so with ease and confidentiality.

"Compliance Central is an ideal service for organizations and their affiliates," said Corey Merchant, vice president of product management at SecureWorks. "Managing organizations have the most dynamic view within the portal, allowing them to create programs to track their affiliates' compliance process or select from a template. This is a very manual and costly process without a service like Compliance Central, especially if they have hundreds of affiliates to manage. Affiliate organizations who have to demonstrate that they're compliant with today's standards can map their controls to best practices established by regulators like the Payment Card Industry (PCI), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), etc."

"Part of vendor risk management deals with ensuring your affiliates exercise appropriate levels of due diligence in identifying and remediating risks and threats in their respective operating environments," explained Erik Petersen, vice president of professional services at SecureWorks. "Having a software-as-a-service like Compliance Central helps to facilitate the due diligence process. Because of the number of relationships, shared resources and confidential information flowing between the managing organizations and the affiliate organizations, it's important that all entities ensure the highest levels of security in their operations. This means all entities must provide assurance that their environments are secure and that they're not exposing their partners to risks or threats."

Compliance Central is delivered by SecureWorks through a secure Web interface, and the client doesn't have to acquire, support and maintain hardware, operating systems or databases.

About SecureWorks: With over 2,000 clients, SecureWorks is the leading Security-as-a-Service provider safeguarding more organizations 24x7 than any other vendor. Organizations are protected from external and internal cyber-threats through SecureWorks' On-Demand Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) platform, the SecureWorks Counter Threat UnitSM and three fully synchronous Security Operations Centers (SOCs) staffed with SANS GIAC certified analysts working 24x7 to safeguard client systems. SecureWorks has won SC Magazine's "Best Managed Security Service" award for 2006, 2007 & 2008 and has been named to the Inc. 500, Inc. 5000 and Deloitte lists of fastest-growing companies. www.secureworks.com.