The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) has implemented a real-time database security and monitoring solution from Guardium to help safeguard sensitive cardholder data in its heterogeneous, multi-tier database and application environment.

As a tri-jurisdictional government agency authorized by the U.S. Congress, Metro operates the second largest rail transit system in the United States, and transports more than a third of the federal government to work and millions of tourists to landmarks in the Nation's Capital.

With more than 9 million credit and debit card transactions yearly, Metro is classified as a top-tier Level 1 merchant by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), which was jointly developed by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa. In addition, according to a recent study of ridership trends, demand for the Metro service could grow anywhere from 50 to 100 percent by 2013.

"Our customers trust us to transport them safely and safeguard their personal information," said Victor Iwugo, Chief of Metro IT Security (MITS), Department of Information Technology, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. "Guardium has helped us implement robust, hardened 'security zones' around our critical production databases, with a DBMS-independent architecture that doesn't impact performance or require changes to our databases and applications."

According to IBM, 70% of all frauds occurring today are credit card frauds1. Metro selected and implemented Guardium to simplify what would have been a complex and time-consuming initiative: achieving PCI-DSS compliance in a complex, high-volume data center environment. With Guardium, Metro is now able to secure customer data while passing its audits more quickly and easily.


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