The Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA), Rosslyn, Va., has earned “excellent” security ratings from San Antonio's Digital Defense Inc. (DDI), a company specializing in network security assessments, for the Industry Data Warehouse 2 (IDW2)

DDI conducted an external penetration and social engineering test on the IDW2 in February 2006 and subsequently issued the highest possible rating.

The security tests consisted of launched attacks conducted over multiple phases during a potential penetration to determine a variety of information. The goal was to provide conclusive identification of vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to gain unauthorized access to components within the IDW2 network.

After completing all specific tests, a DDI analyst assigned the IDW2 an overall rating of excellent for the penetration test. Few systems and networks tested by DDI are given an excellent rating.

“We are committed to providing our customers with 100 percent secure solutions,” said Mike Rioux, president, IDEA. “We understand the importance of keeping their business information safe and accessible only by authorized users.”

“With this recent accomplishment, security should no longer be a concern for anyone participating in the IDW2,” said Ann Adams, channel management/operations, Square D/Schneider Electric. “These ratings only confirm what Square D/Schneider Electric has known all along: IDW2 is the most secure place to store our product and pricing data.”

DDI also performed a remote social engineering exercise that targeted the IDW2 call center. The goal was to obtain access information, specifically a valid password, for the target system by deception. Personnel from the IDW2 call center responded correctly by refusing to provide compromising information. This earned the IDW2 call center yet another excellent rating, this time for the social engineering engagement test.

For questions regarding any of the conducted tests, please contact Rita Hagopian at rhagopian@idea-eSolutions.com or (703) 841-5910.

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