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    Love's Chooses Bit9 for PCI

    Convenience store and travel stop operator will use Bit9's Parity to help achieve compliance and protect its retail store systems.

    WALTHAM, Mass. -- Travel plaza and convenience store operator Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores chose Bit9 Parity to help achieve compliance with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), as well as to proactively protect its retail store systems from targeted, zero-day attacks.

    Love's is using Bit9 Parity Application Whitelisting to protect more than 1,600 Windows PCs and servers in its retail stores, as well as corporate computers that tie into its retail systems, the manufacturer reported. With Bit9 Parity, Love's is able to demonstrate PCI DSS compliance, harden its point of sale and retail systems, enable use of trusted devices and prevent data leakage from portable storage devices, according to the company.

    "Love's is committed to making sure our customers' confidential data secure. Application whitelisting helps us protect against all unauthorized and rogue applications that simply can't be prevented with traditional antivirus technology," said Dion Crider, director of store technology at Love's, in a released statement. "With Bit9, we are able to take a more proactive approach to securing our retail systems, ensuring the highest level of protection for our customers and enabling us to prove PCI compliance."

    Malicious hackers often focus attacks on retailers at the point-of-sale (POS) systems. Traditional reactive approaches to protecting and controlling POS systems—antivirus—have failed to stop the penetration of unauthorized, malicious and illegal software, potentially leaving customers at risk, the manufacturer reported.

    Unlike traditional reactive solutions that need constant signature updates to remain effective, Bit9's whitelisting approach allows only authorized software to run, without the burden of updating signature files. Bit9 Parity protects data at these endpoints where it is most vulnerable by enforcing a "whitelist" of approved applications and preventing application drift, according to the company.

    Any and all unauthorized software is prevented from running, which ensures the integrity of the systems and their critical data. Bit9 Parity also provides application audit and change control visibility, allowing IT to monitor and report on when unauthorized and rogue applications attempt to execute on retail endpoints, the company reported. Bit9 Parity also identifies when an unauthorized portable storage devices attempt to run on retail endpoints, POS systems, servers or self-serve kiosks.

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