Food City Shops for Compliance Solution, Gets a Cart Full of Operational Efficiency with Tripwire Enterprise

Portland, OR - Sep 20, 2010 - Tripwire Inc., a leading global provider of IT security and compliance automation solutions, announced today that K-VA-T Food Stores, a regional supermarket chain of 105 stores in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee, has adopted Tripwire® Enterprise as part of its initiative to automate processes for compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). The company, which operates the Food City and Super Dollar stores, is a Level 1 PCI operation that serves more than 2.5 million customers and conducts tens of millions of card transactions across high-density, point-of-sale network systems.

 

With the scope of PCI compliance growing beyond the company's desire to manage it manually, K-VA-T surveyed several compliance software options—with a clear goal that any new software "do no harm" to their high-performing systems. They chose Tripwire Enterprise because it offered the best solution for their retail environment, with the tipping point being that the performance of point-of-sale systems would not be affected or slowed down in any way.

"While automating for PCI compliance was the main catalyst for implementing Tripwire Enterprise, we also leverage its capabilities for file integrity monitoring, tracking logins and enhancing security," said Paul Widener, vice president of Information Services, K-VA-T Food Stores. "The robustness of the software and the ease with which it runs on our systems are very impressive, and we can customize it to suit our environment."

Widener describes Tripwire Enterprise as running cleanly and smoothly, able to process large amounts of data from devices across networks. Tripwire Enterprise also allows the K-VA-T's system administrators to develop a hierarchy of issues to be investigated, categorizing certain changes as regular occurrences, and tagging others as needing investigation—with Tripwire Enterprise providing the audit trail for easy troubleshooting. This has significantly streamlined IT operations.

The Tripwire Professional Services team worked side by side with the K-VA-T administrators, coaching them through implementation and training them in reporting and customization. By the time the Tripwire Professional Services team completed their work, K-VA-T's team had advanced knowledge of the system. Widener reports that he has never seen a more impressive and efficient process, from purchasing to full deployment.

"Tripwire Enterprise has given us the ability to use resources more efficiently. We’ve even reduced our overhead on target devices. Pound for pound, you can never do manually what Tripwire Enterprise accomplishes automatically," said Widener.

About K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.
K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. is the corporate name of a supermarket chain operating in three states under the name Food City. This privately held, family-owned company has grown over the years by expansion and acquisition. With 11 units in southeastern Kentucky, 21 units in southwest Virginia and 61 units in northeast Tennessee, K-VA-T is an acronym of its trade area: Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee. The 105-store chain serves a current trade area population of over 2.5 million people and over 980,000 households. The company also operates thirteen Super Dollar Discount Foods limited assortment locations in Wytheville, Abingdon, Hillsville, Christiansburg, Vinton, Lynchburg and Rose Hill, Virginia, Pikeville, Prestonsburg and Barbourville, Kentucky as well as Rogersville, TN and Asheville Highway in Knoxville, TN. Learn more at http://www.foodcity.com

About Tripwire, Inc.
Tripwire is a leading global provider of IT security and compliance automation solutions that help businesses and government agencies take control of their IT infrastructure. Thousands of customers rely on Tripwire's integrated solutions to help protect sensitive data, prove compliance and prevent outages. Tripwire VIA, the comprehensive suite of industry-leading file integrity, policy compliance and log and event management solutions, is the way organizations proactively achieve continuous compliance, mitigate risk, and ensure operational control through Visibility, Intelligence and Automation. Learn more at www.tripwire.com and @TripwireInc on Twitter.