Diebold and Sygate Join Forces to Provide Powerful Endpoint Security for Windows-Based ATMs and Networks Worldwide
NORTH CANTON, Ohio and FREMONT, Calif., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) today announced it is teaming with Sygate Technologies, the market leader in enterprise endpoint security solutions, to provide superior protection against software security threats targeted at automated teller machines (ATMs).
With security becoming an increasing priority as ATMs migrate to Windows(R) and TCP/IP networks, Sygate and Diebold are working together to ensure Diebold ATMs are equipped with the highest degree of protection against misuse and malicious intent. Diebold will include Sygate Security Agent software, which is based on the award-winning Sygate Personal Firewall, with all new ATMs and offer to install Sygate agents on existing Windows-based ATMs already deployed. Additionally, under the terms of the agreement, Diebold will resell Sygate’s management servers and offer support to customers looking to provide a comprehensive endpoint security across their ATM networks.
“Diebold has built its reputation on delivering world-class security solutions, and is committed to offering its customers the strongest assurance the ATMs that are so critical to their business are secure,” said Chuck Somers, vice president, Global Software Development at Diebold. “We chose to partner with Sygate because of the high value its software delivers in protecting the integrity of both the machine and the back-end ATM network, coupled with its ability to provide a strategic defense against current and future electronic threats.”
Diebold introduced the concept of a cash-dispensing ATM in 1966. By contrast, many of today’s ATMs are multifunction devices that perform a variety of tasks — some quite advanced. Diebold makes them all, from the simple to the complex, and is one of the largest manufacturers of ATMs. Sygate has secured two-thirds of the enterprise endpoint security market through its ability to ensure any Sygate-protected network end-point – such as an ATM – remains secure. This relationship highlights the strengths and expertise of each company’s ability to work with a customer base of large, global organizations with multi-faceted and complex security requirements.
“We are honored to partner with Diebold to protect such critical systems, and view this union as a huge validation of our software’s ability to deliver unprecedented endpoint protection,” said Bill Scull, senior vice president of Marketing, Sygate. “It also demonstrates the growing awareness of endpoint security as it applies to both corporate and consumer vulnerability. Together, Diebold and Sygate will offer a premium endpoint security solution that provides customers with the utmost confidence that their financial transactions through ATMs are secure.”
“ATMs are such a pervasive part of today’s society because the millions of people who use them, trust they can use them without putting their confidential financial assets and information at risk,” said Pete Lindstrom, principal analyst, Spire Security. “Most people can understand how network security fuels business, but may not consider the role it can play in enabling radical cultural and lifestyle shifts that extend well beyond the corporate world. Alliances, such as Sygate and Diebold’s, are essential to deliver the sophisticated security backbone necessary for people to take advantage of ATM services, which today are more of a requirement then a convenience.”
Diebold ATMs will start shipping with the Sygate Security Agent, providing protection proven effective against a wide variety of malware and hacking techniques, before the end of 2003. Sygate Management Server will be available to Diebold customers through Diebold. Field upgrades will be available early December.
A representative from Sygate will be in Diebold booth #2433 at BAI’s Retail Delivery Conference & Expo, November 19-20, in New Orleans, to answer questions.
Diebold, Incorporated is a global leader in providing integrated self-service delivery systems, services and security. Diebold employs more than 13,000 associates with representation in more than 88 countries worldwide and is headquartered in North Canton, Ohio, USA. Diebold reported revenue of $1.9 billion in 2002 and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘DBD’. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.diebold.com or http://www.dieboldopteva.com . You can also visit Diebold’s Retail Delivery Conference & Expo Press Room at http://www.diebold.com/rd/media.htm .
About Sygate Technologies, Inc.
Sygate is the market leader of endpoint security solutions for the large enterprise. Using Sygate Secure Enterprise, the world’s largest enterprises protect their networks, enforce business policies, and automate security practices to regain control of network security, reduce costs, and ensure compliance across the organization. Partnerships with industry leaders, including Aventail, Neoteris, Netscreen, Nortel, Cisco, RSA, and iPass, enable Sygate’s technology to operate seamlessly across multiple platforms and applications. Sygate Technologies is a privately held company headquartered in Fremont, California. For more information, please visit http://www.sygate.com or call 866-308-8899.