Pinnacle Partners with Bit9

Deal intended to help retailers address PCI compliance standards

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Pinnacle Corp. has forged a partnership with Bit9 Inc. to help retail customers meet the stringent policies required by the Payment Card Industry 's (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS). The partnership includes the OEM distribution of the Bit9 Parity enterprise application whitelisting solution with Pinnacle 's Palm POS product line. Bit9 Parity will provide a heightened level of security and control for Pinnacle retail customers.

Bit9 Parity enables Pinnacle clients to control and lockdown their workstations to meet and exceed the requirements of PCI DSS standards [image-nocss] while maintaining the Windows user interface. Pinnacle 's independent QSA partner, Coalfire Systems, has certified the Palm POS v9.2 solution with Bit9 Parity, ensuring the joint Pinnacle-Bit9 solution meets PCI DSS and Visa 's Payment Card Best Practice standards requirements.

“Our relationship with Bit9 has taken our PCI compliance options for Palm to a new level,” said Drew Mize, vice president of product management and marketing at Pinnacle. “This new combined solution allows us to provide our clients with a more flexible and robust set of tools to ensure implementation of our solutions in a PCI compliant environment.”

Doug Cahill, vice president of corporate development and product management at Bit9, said, “Global retailers are realizing the operational, compliance and security benefits of employing the Bit9 Parity enterprise application whitelisting solution to protect their POS systems. The combination of the Bit9 enterprise application whitelisting solution with Pinnacle 's robust Palm POS offering provides retailers with a unique, packaged PCI-compliant solution.”

Palm POS is an open-architecture, in-store point-of-sale system running under the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems. From training to PLU input to scanning, an intuitive touchscreen makes every task fast and easy, the company said. Palm POS interfaces to a variety of devices including security cameras, DVR, lottery, money order, loyalty solutions, payment networks and prepaid solutions. Nationwide, it is used to process upwards of $9 billion in total convenience store sales and is certified on 15 payment networks, added the company.

Arlington, Texas-based Pinnacle is a leader in the automation technology industry focusing on the c-store and petroleum industries. It delivers products that automate the broad spectrum of c-store operations and supply chain management of fuel operations. Nationwide, Pinnacle's products and services are used daily in thousands of convenience outlets to automate and improve their store operations and by fuel marketers to increase their efficiency in the complex management of fuel delivery. Products also include the EPM Business Intelligence Suite and Enterprise Loyalty Suite.

Cambridge, Mass.-based Bit9 is a leader in enterprise application whitelisting. The company's patented solutions ensure only trusted and authorized applications are allowed to run, eliminating the risk caused by malicious, illegal and nonauthorized software, it said. Unlike traditional, reactive controls that try to scan and prevent unauthorized software, Bit9 leverages the Bit9 Global Software Registry, a database of software intelligence, to ensure only authorized applications can run. Customers include companies in a variety of industries, such as retail, financial services, healthcare, e-commerce, telecommunications, as well as government agencies.