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MessageSecure releases online compliance reporting console

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Message Secure Corporation (MSC), the leading provider of managed security services to community banks, credit unions and their data centers, today announced the release of Compliance Center, a web-based reporting console that provides timely access to security and compliance-related information.

A core component of Message Secure's VSecurity managed security service, Compliance Center collects and organises critical security information generated by all VSecurity components into a single, easy-to-navigate web application. Compliance Center supports regulatory requirements for data collection from key security systems and reporting of IT security and operations to senior management and boards of directors.

Compliance Center provides IT professionals at financial institutions with a comprehensive display of day-to-day operational security statistics for key protection systems including firewall management, intrusion detection and prevention, virus and spam management for email, web activity management, and VPN connectivity delivered by Message Secure's VSecurity managed security services solution. Banks and credit unions across the country rely on the range of VSecurity components to protect their institution, including VSecure Firewall, VSecure Intrusion Detection/Prevention System, VSecure Mail with Anti-Virus & Anti-Spam, VSecure Web Use Manager and VSecure Remote. With Compliance Center, users can instantly access "at-a-glance" information summaries; view full-color graphs of activity managed by each service; extract monthly compliance reports suitable for distribution to technology committees or boards of directors; download documents about MSC often requested at examination or audit time; and review cases opened by MSC Customer Service.

HR managers and Compliance Officers can use Compliance Center to meet their respective objectives as well. To enforce policies for acceptable use of business resources and limit liability to the institution, HR managers need to be able to confirm that use of these resources is in line with acceptable use policies. With Compliance Center, they can see if users have attempted visits to inappropriate web sites or view details about VPN use of those working remotely or at home. Compliance Officers can use Compliance Center to download summary reports for distribution to the Board of Directors or Technology Committee, or prepare for an audit or examination by gathering requested information about MSC as a third-party service provider.

With the intense scrutiny being placed on financial data security - particularly in the wake of recent high-profile data breaches - Compliance Center was designed to assist community financial institutions in their efforts to meet federal reporting requirements, such as those outlined in the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) guidelines and published by other federal and state regulatory agencies. The Compliance Center console enables institutions to have timely access to data in a way that meets FFIEC guidelines for logging and data collection of key systems and ensures that senior management reporting regulations are properly addressed.

"As we hear more and more about massive data breaches involving millions of people, it has become vital for senior management at financial institutions of all sizes to ensure that their IT systems are adequately secured," said Cary Conrad, founder and CEO, Message Secure. "We developed Compliance Center to capture and consolidate various sources of security information in a tool suitable for both day-to-day IT management purposes as well as to meet audit and board needs. With data management incidents at an all-time high, these are vital to support any financial institution's security effort."

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