Trustwave, best known for testing and fixing payment network vulnerabilities, has added a service that evaluates physical security.

The Chicago company said the service, announced Oct. 5, will assess a client's work environment to determine where problems such as inadequate access controls may lurk. Other Trustwave services do not cover physical security.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard addresses physical controls, such as restricting access to locations that may hold sensitive data.

"Physical security is often overlooked despite its high risk because companies are often more concerned about internal networks," a Trustwave spokeswoman said. "While it's critical to protect the network and the data that resides on that network, it's just as important to protect physical devices that store that data, like backup tapes or servers that store data."

Clients have asked for this service, and many face multiple compliance standards, such as health privacy laws, that require physical security testing, Trustwave said.

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