Columbitech announce Wireless Security Deal with top-10 retailer

Columbitech strength the position of market leader within PCI DSS compliant provider.

NEW YORK – 10 June, 2010. Columbitech, a leading provider of Wireless VPN Security, today announced a contract with a US Top-10 Retailer.

The Columbitech PCI DSS Security Software is successfully installed in all the 3000+ stores operated by the retailer enabling compliance with the cryptographic guidelines and requirements enforced by the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards). This is achieved without any investments in additional wireless infrastructure, without any device replacement and without any additional system resources.

The use of wireless technology in Retail Stores improve productivity, flexibility and increase sales, but it requires a security solution preventing all but authenticated traffic to enter, or to leave, the secured back-end systems. Many retailers still have a large fleet of legacy devices. To become PCI compliant many consider a rip-and-replace or shutting down legacy devices. Despite the fact that end-of-life is not exceeded. Despite the fact that these devices still are in use in various business and revenue generating processes.

“The Columbitech PCI DSS Security is a 100% Software Solution not only providing Retailers with the highest Security level, but also the most cost-efficient and fastest alternative to meet the PCI DSS requirements. By not shortening life time of a single legacy wireless device, a retailer postpone significant hardware investments”, says Lars Resenius, CEO of Columbitech.

The Columbitech Security Software is the only provider supporting all legacy devices being certified on more than 150 different types of wireless retail devices (both legacy and state-of-the-art), such as handheld scanners, price verifiers, printers and scales, and is the only software running on all device applications. Further Columbitech accomplish all this with the smallest use of memory, with minimal use of processing capacity and with minimal use of power. The Columbitech PCI DSS Security Software is covering the entire Retail Wireless device eco-system and is the most price competitive, easiest and fastest alternative for retailers to become PCI DSS Compliant.

“In order to become compliant with all PCI requirements retailers need to perform a comprehensive audit of their networks, policies, and processes. Normally many retailers find the requirements hard to interpret and having difficulties in implementing systems and processes achieving full compliance”, says Tobias Englund VP Sales at Columbitech Inc.

Being designed to protect retail customer privacy as well as critical payment card and merchant data, Columbitech provide a software security solution securing all wireless networks with all its wireless traffic. In practice, the retailer instantly over night become PCI DSS compliant with no business interruptions, still exploiting the productivity and customer benefits of their wireless technology investments, without having any security holes or exposing any backdoors to its vulnerable backend systems.

“PCI Compliance is more than just PCI DSS, but Columbitech provide retailers with a fast track and a future proof track to secure the wireless networks, without any business interruptions, without the risk of wireless security breaches that can damage a company’s brand and lead to financial losses”, says Tobias Englund.

By providing secure wireless access, Columbitech Mobile VPN allows retailers to boost profitability and enhance the customer experience through:

  • Deploying wireless checkout stands and service kiosks throughout the store
  • Securing wireless printers and scales
  • Giving store workers real-time access to inventory data and product information
  • Mobilizing store managers and retail executives by providing them access to sales data and other business-critical information from smart phones via the public network

The Columbitech PCI DSS Solution the market leader with deployment in more than 15000 stores. The Columbitech best practices-based software architecture ensures retailers of all sizes to successfully deploy and address the PCI DSS requirements. Designed to minimize infrastructure complexity and simplify integration with other retail solutions. The Columbitech PCI DSS Solution for Retail incorporates the following products and features:

  • Lowest Cost of Ownership
  • Software-Only Solution running on all Existing Wireless devices
  • No additional investments required
  • “…buying new mobile devices would have been about eight times as expensive as purchasing the Columbitech software.”
  • Most Secure
  • Mutual Authentication
  • Personal Firewall
  • End to End Encryption
  • Most Reliable
  • Session Persistent
  • Seamless Roaming
  • For more information:
    Columbitech AB, Lars Resenius
    Phone: +46 8 556 08 100
    Columbitech Inc., Tobias Englund
    Phone: +1 646 331 0116

    About Columbitech

    Columbitech, provider of the world’s most deployed mobile VPN, enables fearless enterprise mobility. It allows organizations to protect their entire workforce with one, cost-effective VPN solution while improving productivity. The software-based solution offers secure, persistent remote access from laptops and other mobile devices, with seamless roaming between wired and wireless IP-based networks, including Wi-Fi, 3G and WiMAX. The Columbitech Mobile VPN provides transparent access to any enterprise application without any software changes.

    The embedded solution is OEM licensed by leading companies such as Motorola, Ericsson and TeliaSonera, and holds a FIPS 140-2 certification. With over two million users, customers include three of the top ten U.S. retailers, public safety agencies, all military branches in the U.S., postal and logistics companies as well as several large telecommunications service providers. Columbitech has been recognized with Frost & Sullivan’s 2008 Global Market Strategy Leadership Award. The company is privately held with offices in Stockholm, Sweden and New York, U.S.A.