Epicor|CRS, the Retail Solutions Division of Epicor Software Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise business software solutions to the midmarket and Global 1000, and RSA, The Security Division of EMC, today announced a strategic technology alliance to provide key management capabilities, based on RSA Key Manager software within the industry-leading CRS RetailStore point-of-sale solution that will enable joint-customers to quickly reduce the complexities in encryption deployments.
RSA Key Manager is a stand-alone key lifecycle management offering that is engineered to enable businesses to control encryption keys effectively by providing centralized, secure and simplified administration for all applications.
Epicor|CRS will be the first retail solution vendor to certify its solutions through the RSA Key Manager Partner Program – an extension of the RSA Secured(R) Partner Program. The RSA Key Manager program is supported by professional services and systems integration professionals and allows organizations to certify the interoperability of solutions with RSA Key Manager software. Epicor|CRS provides software and services to more than 50,000 stores across 140 of today’s top specialty retailers.
Under the technology alliance, RSA Key Manager software will soon be integrated with Epicor|CRS software to enable the firm’s retail customers to quickly enable key management capabilities and centralize the provisioning and lifecycle management of encryption keys. RSA Key Manager will make data encrypted by Epicor|CRS available to other RSA Key Manager applications throughout the enterprise. RSA Key Manager software centrally manages symmetric encryption keys used in enterprise applications, and retires compromised or lost keys. The technology can assist retailers in providing complete data protection throughout the data lifecycle, and in meeting the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) guidelines for data security. The PCI standard outlines best practices for credit card data that is stored, processed, or transmitted. Major credit card issuers, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, and Discover, jointly developed the PCI standard and most merchants are pursuing compliance with it.
“Within the retail industry, enterprise data protection continues to be a critical factor in securing sensitive consumer, employee and partner information. We’re working to accelerate business objectives by implementing key management and encryption technology to preserve existing data flows and business processes,” said Rick Welch, Vice President & General Manager, Data Security Solutions at RSA, The Security Division of EMC. “We are excited to be working with Epicor|CRS to reduce the complexity in retail IT environments where heterogeneous applications and platforms exist. This capability – to protect at the point of entry – helps ensure that information will be both properly secured and fully accessible when needed at any point in its lifecycle.”
“Epicor|CRS prides itself on moving swiftly to respond to market needs and in incorporating best-of-breed technology to meet those needs,” said Nader Nemati, global director of Epicor’s retail and hospitality industry practice. “Through our innovative technology alliance with RSA, we are pleased to offer our retail customers enterprise data protection that not only complies with industry standards, but provides protection throughout the data lifecycle.”
Epicor|CRS software will be featured at the RSA Partner Pavilion at Booth #1316 at RSA Conference 2007, February 5-9, 2007, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. RSA’s information-centric security solutions will also be featured at this booth. More information on RSA’s announcements and related initiatives may be found online at http://www.rsa.com/rsaconference2007/.
Epicor|CRS – the Retail Solutions Division of Epicor Software Corporation – provides retail management software, hardware, and services to help its customers drive sales, improve customer service, and reduce operating costs, all with more ease and flexibility. Epicor|CRS is a trusted leader in the retail industry. Epicor|CRS customers include leading retailers, such as Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Cache, Chico’s, Coach, The Dress Barn, Inc., Eileen Fisher, Factory Connection, Foot Locker, GNC, J.Crew, Mikasa, Stage Stores, Transworld Entertainment, Tuesday Morning, Inc., Yankee Candle Company and Zumiez, among others. Epicor|CRS employs more than 360 employees based in Newburgh, N.Y., with a regional office in Seattle, Wash. For more information, please visit crsretail.epicor.com, or call 845-567-1234.
About Epicor Software Corporation
Epicor, named one of FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies in 2006, is a global leader dedicated to providing integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM) and professional services automation (PSA) software solutions to midmarket companies and divisions of the Global 1000. Founded in 1984, Epicor serves over 20,000 customers in more than 140 countries, providing solutions in over 30 languages. Employing innovative service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web services technology, Epicor delivers end-to-end, industry-specific solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality and services that enable companies to drive increased efficiency, improve performance and build competitive advantage. Epicor solutions provide the scalability and flexibility to meet today’s business challenges, while empowering enterprises for even greater success tomorrow. Epicor offers a comprehensive range of services with its solutions, providing a single point of accountability to promote rapid return on investment and low total cost of ownership. Epicor’s worldwide headquarters are located in Irvine, California with offices and affiliates around the world. For more information, visit http://www.epicor.com
RSA, The Security Division of EMC, is the premier provider of security solutions for business acceleration, helping the world’s leading organizations succeed by solving their most complex and sensitive security challenges. RSA’s information-centric approach to security guards the integrity and confidentiality of information throughout its lifecycle – no matter where it moves, who accesses it or how it is used.
RSA offers industry-leading solutions in identity assurance & access control, encryption & key management, compliance & security information management and fraud protection. These solutions bring trust to millions of user identities, the transactions that they perform, and the data that is generated. For more information, please visit http://www.RSA.com and http://www.EMC.com