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Cardif Pinnacle Opts for Adaptive Web Security From Secerno and F5


Unique, Integrated Technologies Protect Web Applications and Key Database Assets in Real-Time 

Oxford, United Kingdom, 29th April 2009 – Secerno, the technology leader in data security, and Integralis, the leading IT security service provider, today announced that Cardif Pinnacle will use integrated security technologies from Secerno and F5 Networks to protect their web-facing applications.

Cardif Pinnacle, the UK insurance arm of banking group BNP Paribas, is one of the UK’s leading providers of creditor, warranty and special risks insurance. Following consultancy from Integralis, in a project aimed at delivering comprehensive threat protection across its browser-based applications, Cardif Pinnacle chose Secerno DataWall and F5’s BIG-IP Application Security Manager (ASM) as a combined, integrated solution to secure both web and database tiers.

The Secerno and F5 solution will guard against Web application security threats in real-time, providing visibility and security at all levels of its architecture, including protection of core database assets. The installation and ongoing support will be provided by Integralis.

“As a specialist provider of protection and investment solutions, we recognised the need to eliminate potential security risks to our customers’ data by ensuring that the data integrity of our web applications was suitably robust,” commented Peter Skipwith, IT Security Officer and General Manager IT Operations and Infrastructure at Cardif Pinnacle. “The Proof-of-Concept stage indicated that Cardif Pinnacle can expect increased workforce efficiencies and enhanced competitiveness, as well as further support for our proactive approach to security.”

Secerno DataWall and F5’s BIG-IP ASM will deliver comprehensive protection for Cardif Pinnacle’s web applications and operational infrastructure through an auto-adaptive approach to application delivery security, where security policy is automatically updated based on traffic patterns.
• Secerno DataWall stops threats before data is lost or compromised through its patented SynoptiQ™ Engine, based on break-through research into efficient grammatical clustering. It accurately and actively blocks all threats to data, even from trusted and privileged users and optimises compliance auditing, as well as delivering the ability to improve the security of applications.

• Some of the most serious network security threats come from attacks that target vulnerabilities in enterprise applications. These attacks ignore conventional firewalls and intrusion-detection and prevention systems, and they are often difficult and costly to prevent.  BIG-IP ASM makes application delivery security easy and manageable. It delivers specific, built-in Validated Application Policies as well as an automatic policy-building engine that can quickly adapt to application updates.

Further Comment:
Peter Simpson, Vice President Alliances and Marketing at Secerno: “We are delighted to be working with Cardif Pinnacle, as this is another example of a business choosing to be proactive with its security. The partnership between Secerno and F5 provides real-time remedies for both application code and database transactions and protection of technically diverse applications, which is ideal for highly regulated financial environments.”

Graham Jones, Managing Director at Integralis UK: “We worked extremely closely with Cardif Pinnacle to provide an initial assessment of their security requirements in line with their business objectives before making our recommendation. The superior performance of both Secerno DataWall and BIG-IP ASM, combined with our services and support, will ensure that Cardif Pinnacle will be able to increase efficiencies and stay secure.”

Owen Cole, Technical Director, UK & Ireland at F5: “More and more companies use browser-based applications to allow customers, partners and staff access to critical data, and the security element of this must be a big part of these projects. Cardif Pinnacle is a great example of a company looking for more efficient working practices without neglecting data integrity.”

Secerno joined F5’s Technology Alliance Program in November 2008 to offer organisations unrivalled end-to-end application and database security.  Further information on this partnership can be found here.


About Cardif Pinnacle
Cardif Pinnacle is the UK insurance arm of banking group BNP Paribas, a European leader in global financial services and one of the strongest banks in the world. Formed in 1971 as Pinnacle Insurance Company Ltd, over the years it has established itself as a leading specialist provider of Protection and Investment solutions. It is adding to its expertise as a product provider on an ongoing basis through corporate acquisition, notably Direct Life and Pension Services Ltd - a leading distributor of Term Life, Critical Illness, Protection Insurance products and Warranty Direct Ltd - an integrated, web-based, consumer Warranty business - in early 2008.

About Secerno
Secerno, headquartered in Oxford, UK, is an established provider of active database control.  It delivers the world’s most advanced and comprehensive intelligent activity monitoring and database policy enforcement solution: Secerno DataWall™ - now uniquely available in both a hardware and virtual appliance.

Secerno DataWall is designed to stop threats before data is lost or compromised (instead of simply monitoring and reporting after the damage is done). It accurately and actively blocks all threats to your data, even from trusted and privileged users. It offers the highest levels of protection against these threats and optimises compliance auditing, as well as delivering the ability to improve the security of applications.

At the core of Secerno DataWall is the patented SynoptiQ™ Engine, based on break-through research into efficient grammatical clustering. The SynoptiQ Engine uses Semantic Clustering™ to cluster queries automatically and intelligently into an Intent-Based Model™ of database environments; so they are distilled into meaningful information for efficient human review and automatic generation of a zero-defect policy that identifies with fine precision and total accuracy every kind of query that is allowed to reach a specified database – and specifies the actions to be taken on out-of-policy activity.

Uniquely, Secerno enforces a 100% positive security policy of only approved behaviour, providing the option to either log, alert, block or substitute database requests. Policy Channels™ enable strategists and administrators to add new and complex layers of rules that map policy to a company’s specific business needs.

Secerno offers protection to customers across industries including financial services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, retail, and government agencies and departments. The company is funded by UK investors Amadeus Capital, Eden Ventures and SPARK Ventures. For more information, go to  

About Integralis AG
Integralis AG (listed in the Prime Standard of the German stock exchange, ticker symbol AAGN, ISIN DE0005155030) is the leading focused Global Security Services Provider. Integralis manages security responsibilities for small and mid-size companies, government bodies and large corporations allowing customers to concentrate on their core business.

Integralis advises customers on their IT Security strategy delivering consultancy, audits, risk management, comprehensive 24/7 support and implementation of the most appropriate technology from leading vendors. Integralis also implements a wide range of Managed Security Services throughout their technology infrastructures on its customer’s behalf.

Its growing corporate and government customers are supported by over 425 employees worldwide and an expanding network of 20 regional centres across Europe and the United States.

Information on Integralis is available at

About F5 Networks
F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications. F5’s flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organizations enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5’s vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise organizations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to

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