ST. LOUIS, Dec. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Night Lion Security, a boutique information security risk management and digital forensics firm, today announced the release of its first product. CardShield is an endpoint security detection device designed to provide payment acquirers and merchant providers with real-time visibility into malicious activity. Available in February, 2017, it is slated to be the industry's first endpoint security device capable of both rapidly identifying malware on point-of-sale (POS) systems and detecting modern credit card skimming devices commonly embedded within gas pumps and ATMs.
"Despite all of the talk surrounding the need for enhanced security to protect consumers, credit card information remains remarkably easy to steal," said Vinny Troia, founder and CEO of Night Lion Security and creator of the CardShield device. "Criminals will always find a way to circumvent even the most complex security systems. CardShield was designed to detect early intrusions and indicators of compromise in real-time so that merchants and banks can remedy the situation as quickly as possible."
According to recent industry reports, breach detection times range anywhere from 3 to 12 months. By contrast, Night Lion's CardShield device cuts detection and response times down to just minutes, effectively reducing a merchant's exposure to liability and damages, and potentially saving banks from resolving millions of dollars in fraudulent charges.
CardShield detects malware on POS systems and card terminals by analyzing and detecting rogue behavior in network traffic as it happens. CardShield's skimmer component is designed to detect Bluetooth-enabled skimming devices, which have become the norm for criminals to use as a way of stealing credit card data from ATMs and gas pumps.
Any deviations to normal traffic will trigger an alert, which is monitored 24/7 by Night Lion's trained forensic analysts. If traffic is determined to be malicious in nature, the affected merchant will be notified that his/her system is showing signs of compromise, and will be advised to take immediate action.
CardShield is the first security device designed to combat modern card skimmers by detecting rogue Bluetooth devices.
CardShield is also designed to provide merchants with direct coverage for PCI requirement 5, which requires merchants to detect against malicious software, requirement 11.1, which requires merchants to test for unauthorized wireless communication devices, and requirement 11.3, which requires merchants to use intrusion detection techniques to detect for unauthorized traffic.
"Acquiring banks are responsible for enforcing PCI regulations, and they are ultimately responsible when consumers' accounts are unknowingly cleared out as a result of malicious attack," noted Troia. "We want alleviate pressure on these organizations while enabling them to add greater value and security to their customers."
Merchants protected by CardShield will get the device for free and simply pay a monthly monitoring fee. Night Lion Security will work with payment acquirers to make CardShield available to their merchant customers.
CardShield was developed by Mr. Troia, a cyber security expert who spent nearly a decade engineering and architecting security systems for the U.S. Department of Defense. Most recently, Troia was appointed to McAfee Global Technologies' (MGT) prestigious Hacker Advisory Board.
About Night Lion Security
Night Lion Security is an information security consulting firm providing network, website and IT risk management services, digital forensic investigations, and emergency incident response.
For additional information, please visit www.nightlionsecurity.com.
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