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SSH Communications Security Joins PCI Security Standards Council to Expand Global PCI-DSS Adoption and Ease Compliance

SSH Provides Robust Encryption and End-to-End Communications Security Solutions to Help Organizations Cost-Effectively Protect Cardholder Data

(PresseBox) (HELSINKI, FINLAND and WELLESLEY, Mass. , ) SSH Communications Security Corp. (OMX:SSH1V), a world-leading provider of enterprise security solutions and end-to-end communications security, and the original developer of the Secure Shell protocol, today announced that it has joined the PCI Security Standards Council as a new participating organization. As a company, SSH Communication Security has robust expertise in encryption and network security and the company's SSH Tectia security solution is widely used to help organizations achieve compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (DSS).

The PCI DSS, endorsed by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc., requires merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit customer payment card data to adhere to information security controls and processes that ensure data integrity.

As a Participating Organization, SSH Communication Security will now have access to the latest payment card security standards from the Council, be able to provide feedback on the standards, and become part of this key growing community. In an era of increasingly sophisticated attacks on systems, adhering to the PCI DSS represents an entity's best protection against data criminals.

"The PCI Security Standards Council is committed to helping everyone involved in the payment chain protect consumer payment data," said Bob Russo, General Manager of the PCI Security Standards Council. "By participating in the standards setting process, SSH Communications Security demonstrates they are playing an active part in this important end goal."

"For the past two years we have helped major global financial and retail organizations become PCI DSS compliant," said Arto Vainio, CEO of SSH Communications Security. "Our SSH Tectia Solution enables organizations to quickly and cost-effectively protect cardholder data in transit without modifications to applications, scripts or infrastructure. Our proven expertise in encryption and multi-platform end-to-end security solutions will enable us to make valuable contributions to the Council. We look forward to working with the Council and the retail industry to improve cardholder data security"

For more information on PCI security standards and to learn how SSH Communication Security helps businesses become PCI compliant, read the white paper, "Protecting Cardholder Data in Transit" at http://www.ssh.com/resources/pci-download.mpl

About PCI Security Standards Council

The mission of the PCI Security Standards Council is to enhance payment account security by fostering broad adoption of PCI security standards. For more information, please visit http://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/

SSH Germany

SSH Communications Security, Entwickler des Secure-Shell-Protokolls, ist ein weltweit führender Anbieter von Softwarelösungen für sichere End-to-End-Kommunikation in Unternehmen. Die SSH-Tectia-Lösung ist auf relevante Sicherheitserfordernisse von Großunternehmen, Finanzinstituten und Behörden zugeschnitten. Diese können mit SSH Tectia ihre Systemverwaltung, die Datenübertragung und den Zugriff auf Applikationen gegen interne und externe Sicherheitsrisiken kosteneffizient absichern. Als Entwickler des Secure-Shell-Protokolls und anderer Schlüsseltechnologien im Bereich der Netzwerksicherheit arbeitet SSH bereits seit 12 Jahren an der Fortentwicklung von Sicherheitslösungen für die End-to-End-Kommunikation, speziell von Unternehmen. Von 500 Global-Fortune-Unternehmen setzen zur Zeit mehr als 100 auf Sicherheitslösungen von SSH. Das Unternehmen ist an der Börse von Helsinki unter dem Kürzel OMX:SSH1V notiert. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter www.de.ssh.com.