MILWAUKEE, July 23, 2019 – PKWARE, a leader in automated data protection, announced today that it has joined the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) as a new Participating Organization. PKWARE will work with the PCI SSC to help secure payment data worldwide through the ongoing development and adoption of the PCI Security Standards.

The PCI SSC leads a global, cross-industry effort to increase payment security by providing flexible, industry-driven and effective data security standards and programs. The keystone is the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), which provides an actionable framework for developing a robust payment card data security process and preventing, detecting and mitigating criminal attacks and breaches.

As a Participating Organization, PKWARE adds its voice to the standards development process and will collaborate with a growing community of more than 800 Participating Organizations to improve payment security worldwide. PKWARE will also have the opportunity to recommend new initiatives for consideration to the PCI Security Standards Council and share cross-sector experiences and best practices at the annual PCI Community Meetings.

"In an era of increasingly sophisticated attacks on systems, PCI Security Standards and resources help organizations secure payment data and prevent, detect and mitigate attacks that can lead to costly data breaches," said Mauro Lance, Chief Operating Officer of the PCI Security Standards Council. "By joining as a Participating Organization, PKWARE demonstrates they are playing an active part in improving payment security globally by helping drive awareness and adoption of PCI Security Standards."

"PCI data stored in documents and spreadsheets is an organizational risk from a data security and audit standpoint," said Miller Newton, CEO of PKWARE. "PKWARE enables companies to find and redact credit card numbers in unstructured data, closing a significant security gap and eliminating the need for compensating controls. We are proud to partner with the PCI Security Standards Council, and we look forward to helping address the problem of cardholder information in unstructured data."

About the PCI Security Standards Council

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About PKWARE

PKWARE has been a trusted leader in global business data protection and encryption for 30 years. PKWARE's solutions keep data safe from internal and external cybersecurity threats for more than 30,000 enterprise customers, including 200 government entities. Its software-defined solutions provide cost-effective and easy-to-implement protection that is transparent to end-users and simple for IT to administer and control. For more information, please visit www.pkware.com.

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