Hyundai Picks nuBridges, Ingrian to Protect Sensitive Data
January 30, 2007 Alex Woodie
Hyundai Motor America (HMA) is taking steps to ensure that sensitive data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. The changes, which encompass software from OS/400 security vendor nuBridges and Ingrian Networks, also helped HMA satisfy new regulations, including SB1386 and the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act.
HMA, like all large, publicly traded companies, has come under greater scrutiny from regulators and privacy advocates concerned at the growth of identity theft. The company, which is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and sells cars through a network of 740 dealerships across the nation, decided it needed a better way to safeguard how its computers store personally identifiable information, such as names, social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, bank records, passwords, and PINs.
The company looked to Ingrian and nuBridges to help with this requirement. Ingrian, which is based in Redwood City, California, sells a hardened server appliance, called the DataSecure Platform, that, together with a series of software agents, handles the encryption of data in applications and databases. nuBridges, which is based in the OS/400 software development hotbed of Atlanta, sells a powerful field-level encryption tool for OS/400, as well as other security and communication tools for the iSeries and other platforms.
Brian Chesney, HMA’s national manager of corporate strategy and business planning, says the company chose Ingrian and nuBridges after looking at the alternatives. “The Ingrian and nuBridges joint solution will provide Hyundai Motor America with a means to segregate job roles and data access through a centralized, hardened appliance on a platform that will allow great protection around its sensitive data and interoperability across systems,” he said. The combination was also the most scalable and cost-effective, he added.