November 10, 2004

Guardian Digital Offers Free Sarbanes Assessment

Anonymous Reader writes "New âCompliance-Readiness Initiativeâ to Provide Comprehensive Analysis of Security Vulnerabilities to Ensure Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance

ALLENDALE, NJ, November 8, 2004 â Guardian Digital, Inc., the worldâs premier provider of open source security solutions, today announced the launch of a new initiative aimed at helping companies assess their network-readiness in meeting Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) legislation requirements. With the first deadline of November 15th fast approaching, Guardian Digital is seeking to raise awareness among corporate IT administrators as to the specific network security requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley act through its âCompliance-Readiness Initiative.â Although this first compliance deadline applies only to companies with market capitalization of more than $75 million, the second deadline of July 15, 2005 will be far-reaching, requiring compliance from all publicly traded firms, private companies with public debt in the United States, and qualifying foreign organizations.

Necessitated by the rampant accounting scandals of the late 1990s, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 establishes new standards of conduct regarding the maintenance and preservation of electronic and paper records as well as the behavior and accountability of corporate executives, auditors, and employees. In regard to IT departments specifically, the act requires changes to internal policies and procedures designed to promote greater levels of network security and ensure the integrity of all information contained on the network.
Leveraging the merits of open source architecture and customized engineered security, Guardian Digitalâs operating platform, EnGarde Secure Linux, and its accompanying suite of applications provide the secure infrastructure companies need to be Sarbanes-Oxley compliant. The companyâs âCompliance-Readiness Initiativeâ will help network administrators better understand where their security vulnerabilities lie via a comprehensive assessment with a qualified Guardian Digital security engineer.

âSarbanes-Oxley compliance needs are as distinct as the organizations themselves, so understanding where potential network and security vulnerabilities lie can be a pain-staking process,â said Dave Wreski, CEO of Guardian Digital. âSecurity has been Guardian Digitalâs primary focus from day one so our security engineers are adept at identifying such vulnerabilities quickly. We view the âCompliance-Readiness Initiativeâ as a great opportunity for companies to effectively gauge their level of preparedness to meet the strict compliance requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley without extensive investment of their IT resources.â

Companies seeking to take advantage of the free compliance readiness network assessment should contact Guardian Digitalâs corporate offices at 1-888-GD-LINUX (888-435-4689) and ask to speak with a security engineer regarding the âCompliance-Readiness Initiative.â The company is also making available a technical white paper detailing the specific network security requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley and recommending how companies can achieve compliance in a timely and cost-effective manner. The white paper can be downloaded from the companyâs website at http://www.guardiandigital.com/whitepapers.

About Guardian Digital, Inc.
Guardian Digital, the premier open source security provider, offers the first secure, open source Internet infrastructure system. Based on Guardian Digitalâs operating system platform, EnGarde, the company provides enterprises with the software and services necessary for secure computing on the Internet. By leveraging the merits of the collaborative open source design model, coupled with the companyâs security and Internet expertise, Guardian Digital solutions maintain the highest degree of security and reliability. Founded in 1999, Guardian Digital is headquartered in Allendale, New Jersey. For additional information, please visit http://www.guardiandigital.com or call
1-866-GD-LINUX.

Media contact:
Nicole Pearson,
Corporate Communications,
Guardian Digital, Inc.
Phone: 201.934.9230
Email: npearson@guardiandigital.com"

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