Bahrain, 20 April 2010: FVC, one of the leading Value Added Distributors across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), today joined Barracuda Networks at MEFTEC to share information on security solutions for the banking sector with a focus on PCI DSS (payment card industry data security standard) compliance. The participation in the exhibition follows FVC’s recent four-city seminar on PCI DSS. 

“The banking industry locally needs to step up its efforts to ensure PCI DSS compliance before the deadlines set by the major card companies,” said Dharmendra Parmar, FVC’s General Manager-Marketing. “The solutions provided by Barracuda are only one of several other security solutions that we can offer banks (or any financial institution) that need to consider PCI DSS compliance.”
To be fully compliant, financial institutions must satisfy all twelve PCI DSS requirements  categorised in six categories including:
Maintain a Secure Network
Protect Cardholder Data
Maintain a Vulnerability Management Program
Implement Strong Access Controls
Regularly Monitor and Test Networks
Maintain a policy that addresses information security
The Barracuda Web Application Firewall addresses one of these requirements. It provides complete protection of Web applications and is designed to enforce policies for both internal and external data security standards such as PCI DSS. 
According to Parmar, complying with PCI DSS may prove to be a daunting process, primarily due to the large set of security requirements, the widespread implementation of security controls and the different enforcement programs imposed by the payment brands.
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