CTUG/Canada is one of the largest Tandem User Group meetings in North America and comForte has been a staunch supporter and major vendor participant over the years.
The crowd pullers for this year’s meeting were Jimmy Treybig and his wife Drew. The CTUG Board, with the sponsorship by comForte, was successful in inviting the legendary founder of Tandem Computers. Jimmy delivered a very lively address to a packed house, in which he reminisced about the modest beginnings and the early successes of Tandem.
comForte focused on data security. Brad Poole, Senior Solutions Architect presented “Securing Data-at-Rest on HP NonStop“. Brad’s presentation covered the PAN discovery tool (PANfinder) and comForte’s tokenization solution (SecurData).
With data breaches becoming an almost daily event, finding and securing sensitive data stored on disks has become a priority. Brad demonstrated how to find the relevant data on HP NonStop systems and where to find them, and how to protect such data with tokenization.
Tokenization is easy; managing tokenization is the hard part. Brad emphasized that the SecurData Manager part of the solution is the brains of the tokenization process. With five years of experience and working on over 25 proof of concepts with differing challenges and in different industries, the SecurData Manager, today, handles a very broad range of business processes. It enables tokenization either with the comForte SecurData Tokenization Engine or with other enterprise tokenization solutions.
Michelle West, IT Manager at TD Bank Financial Group, provided a related presentation “Tokenization on TD NonStop Systems”. She shared TD Bank’s experiences using comForte’s SecurData to first tokenize their ATM transactions. This part is currently running in production. Right now, they are in the last phase of deploying tokenization of their POS. Michelle emphasized that though there were challenges along the way, their ability to phase deployment and avoid a “Big Bang” enabled them to achieve tokenization with a no risk strategy.
Both presentations generated a great level of interest and they both resulted in lively Q+A sessions.
All in all, once more, CTUG was a well-organized, well attended event with lots of exciting presentations from customers, HP and vendors alike.
We’re looking forward to coming back to CTUG 2016.