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    QuikTrip Calls on True Digital Security

    C-store operator proactively fights security issues.

    TULSA, Okla. -- In an attempt to fortify its digital security platform, QuikTrip Corp. selected True Digital Security Inc., as its security partner. The company will be charged with the responsibility for testing information security controls and procedures.

    "Businesses are faced with increasingly complex and sophisticated digital challenges, whereby an overwhelming list of threats and vulnerabilities exist and are often aimed directly at the information infrastructure," Dr. Jerald Dawkins, founder and president of True Digital Security, told CSNews Online.

    "One can find daily articles about companies that have lost confidential and proprietary information at the hands of malicious opportunists," Dawkins continued. "As a result, legislation, regulation and competition are forcing companies to seriously evaluate security posture, and the technologies involved in hardening defenses."

    Chris Truesdell, CIO of QuikTrip said in a released statement that "securing our customer and company information is the foremost priority to QuikTrip. With security threats changing on a daily basis we are glad to have True Digital Security helping us to make informed decisions and staying up to date on security technology trends."

    Dawkins explained that an information security controls assessment is the primary tool for performing "a gap analysis" of an organization's security platform, and typically takes from a few weeks up to a month to complete.

    "The results of this analysis are used for defining, prioritizing, and deploying a more thorough security program," Dawkins continued. "Typical programs include ongoing annual security controls assessment, annual penetration testing, continuous network security monitoring and regular vulnerability scanning and analysis."

    While Dawkins could not talk specifically about a client's experience, he said that past threats and problems have included analyzing communication between a disgruntled employee and a competitor; assessed the awareness of employees through specially crafted phishing email; provided support in handling a web application compromise where the extent of the exposure and damage was unknown; identified malicious activity that was negatively impacting network performance.

    "Our goal is not to replace information technology personnel, but to augment capabilities in an increasingly specialized and emerging field," said Dawkins.

    In other QuikTrip news, the company will soon have additional name recognition when fans enjoy America's favorite past time at the QuikTrip Park at Grand Prairie. The baseball stadium is home to The Grand Prairie AirHogs minor league team, which just signed a 10-year deal with QuikTrip Corp. to have the Tulsa, Okla., company's brand on the $20 million stadium.

    "One of the big selling points for us was to have all 50 locations in the [Dallas-Ft. Worth] market to help us brand our name and logo out there," AirHogs president Mark Schuster told The Dallas Morning News.

    The stadium features permanent seating for 5,445 fans, a sports bar, restaurant and swimming pool. It also boasts a 15,000-square-foot kid zone complete with a climbing wall, whiffle ball field and playground. When not used for ballgames, the stadium will play host to concerts, festivals and community activities.

    "Minor league baseball has been a key component of our sports marketing program for several years," Jim Denny, QuikTrip vice president of marketing, said in a written statement. "We've been impressed with the quality of the new facility and with the professionalism of the AirHogs' organization."

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