SonicWall, a network infrastructure company, announced that haute
couture designer Nanette Lepore has selected SonicWall technology to
provide secure access to its distributed network and protect its Point
of Sale system for all credit card transactions.
     "Unless a company is looking to implement a full blown IT staff, they
have to look for a way and means of being able to manage the network
with a very small staff and implement the best technology that requires
minimal support," said Jose Cruz, Network Specialist for Nanette
Lepore. "SonicWALL helps streamline IT while maintaining an effective
IT presence within the company."
     Lepore is a haute couture fashion designer who works with high end
clientele. In addition to having 10 boutiques in the states, one in
London and one in Tokyo, her clothes can be found in retailers
including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Because of the distributed nature of Nanette Lepore's business, the
company hired two full-time employees, including Cruz, to help manage
and maintain each store's technology, POS, and inventory at the retail
     On Saturday, October 20, 2007, the FBI notified Nanette Lepore that
hackers had compromised 1,300 credit and debit cards. Hackers had
penetrated a supposedly secure network environment, changed the
configuration file for the Netopia router, compromised its point of
sale system, taken screen captures of customers' credit card purchases
and then sold these stolen IDs to a buyer in Spain. Nanette Lepore was
forced to shut down stores in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York, for
1-2 days, losing approximately $1-$1.5 million worth of business. Cruz
immediately called Nanette Lepore's systems integrator, Webistix,
asking for a review to create PCI compliant network security. Webistix
analyzed the situation that very weekend and, based on their
recommendation, Nanette Lepore selected SonicWall for its network
     "Webistix recommended SonicWall to secure our network environment after
reviewing PCI compliant Spec sheets," said Cruz. "We then engaged a PCI
Auditor to target the Las Vegas store and attempt to breach the
security. We passed with flying colors. From that point on, I installed
SonicWall TZ 180s in all of our stores."
     SonicWall's solutions include network security, secure remote access,
content security, backup and recovery, and policy and management
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