Secerno Database Security Implemented by Skipton Building Society

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Skipton, which is the parent company to 19 subsidiary companies operating in the financial market, has deployed Secerno DataWall to compliment security on a new application for mortgage brokers. This is a customer-facing SQL application containing confidential customer data.

 

Bedminster, NJ (MMD Newswire) November 26, 2008 -- Secerno, the technology leader in data security, today announces it has successfully deployed Secerno DataWall™, its award winning database security solution, at Skipton Building Society, the UK’s sixth largest building society, with over 600,000 customers and 82 branches.

Skipton, which is the parent company to 19 subsidiary companies operating in the financial market, has deployed Secerno DataWall to compliment security on a new application for mortgage brokers. This is a customer-facing SQL application containing confidential customer data.

Colin McMahon, Infrastructure Manager, Technical Services at Skipton, comments, “Whilst we have databases based on proprietary technology, the new application used an SQL back-end, which made it far more vulnerable to attack. A successful SQL injection attack could have allowed a hacker to make any number of illegitimate requests to the database. We therefore urgently needed a security solution that understood the true intent of all database access requests and one that could identify and block any illegitimate ones.

“Secerno’s technology now adds to the protective perimeter around the database itself, so we are confident that our application data is well protected. We owe this to our customers.”

Secerno DataWall has given Skipton tremendous operational efficiency, with setting access rules and policies now being very simple. The Society is able to continually monitor traffic, analyze the data from reports and update policies at the click of a button.

Steve Hurn, CEO of Secerno, adds, “Vulnerabilities in applications are the biggest asset to external hackers wishing to target a database with SQL injection attacks. Placing database security at the heart of operations is business-critical in today’s environment if organizations are to ensure that their systems are never compromised, and that most importantly their customers are not victims of data theft.

“Using technology that builds up a rich understanding of application-to-database behavior during application development is the best approach to building in security from the ground-up. It eliminates the risks and costs of exposing and fixing large numbers of application vulnerabilities immediately and allows patching to take place in a timescale driven by the business.”

The Society now plans to develop a number of new business applications specifically for its internal departments, making greater use of SQL databases.

McMahon concludes, “Secerno has proved very effective at highlighting security bugs and flaws in our new application. By flagging these vulnerabilities, it has helped our developers write tighter code and build more secure applications from the outset, which is far more time and cost effective than remedying problems after an application has gone live.

“We will be working closely with Secerno during the development phase of our scheduled new applications. Secerno has given us invaluable peace of mind. It’s very reassuring to know that we have done everything possible to mitigate the risk of a data security breach, protecting our own reputation and that of our customers.”

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About Secerno

Secerno is an established provider of active database control, delivering the world’s most advanced and comprehensive intelligent activity monitoring and database policy enforcement solution: Secerno DataWall™ - now uniquely available in both a hardware and virtual appliance. Secerno DataWall is designed to stop threats before data is lost or compromised (instead of simply monitoring and reporting after the damage is done). It accurately and actively blocks all threats to data, even from trusted and privileged users. At the core of Secerno DataWall is the patented SynoptiQ™ Engine, based on break-through research into efficient grammatical clustering. Secerno --which is headquartered in Oxford, UK -- offers protection to customers across industries including financial services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, retail, and government agencies and departments. For more information, go to http://www.secerno.com

About Skipton Building Society
Skipton is the UK’s sixth largest building society, with assets over £10 billion and a national presence represented by its 82 branches, covering the country from Aberdeen to Plymouth. An innovator in the field of mortgage and investment products, the Society stands apart from its counterparts as the parent to 19 subsidiary companies, many of which operate in the financial market.

At 0.76%, Skipton’s net interest margin is the lowest in the industry. The interest margin reflects the gap between rates charged to borrowers and rates paid to savers. The smaller the margin, the more value returned to members. In addition, at 6.45% its standard variable rate is one of the lowest in the industry.

For more information visit www.skipton.co.uk

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Anne Coyle
C&E Creative
Tel: 857-222-6363
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Emma Dunstone
Marketing Director
Secerno
Tel: 0845 450 9460
Email: emma.dunstone@secerno.com

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