Barkly Endpoint Protection Platform is Certified for AV Efficacy and Meets PCI DSS Requirement 5

BOSTON — Barkly, the company advancing endpoint security by combining the strongest, smartest protection with the simplest management, today announced that the Barkly Endpoint Protection Platform™ is certified for antivirus (AV) efficacy to meet Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) anti-malware requirements as specified in PCI DSS Requirement 5, providing organizations with the ability to replace traditional antivirus. The validation was provided in a report by Coalfire, a leading assessor for global PCI and other compliance standards across the financial, government, industry, and healthcare sectors.

In the report Coalfire states “The Barkly Endpoint Protection Platform™ demonstrated multiple capabilities including fileless attack blocking, executable blocking, and exploit blocking and performed attribute and behavioral analysis. The Barkly cloud-based software-as-a-service platform provides flexibility to manage endpoints, automatic upgrades for agents, alert configurations, manage override rules, and export incident data.” For these reasons the report concludes, “All these capabilities make it an option for companies aiming to comply with PCI-DSS anti-malware requirements.”

“In 2017 54% of businesses were compromised and as a result many companies are now looking to invest in new technologies. With this technical validation, Barkly customers and prospective customers can confidently replace their AV solutions with the knowledge that they meet PCI DSS compliance guidelines,” said Mike Duffy, CEO of Barkly.

Coalfire’s assessment found that Barkly’s endpoint protection platform provides coverage for PCI DSS Requirement 5, “Protect all systems against malware and regularly update anti-virus software or programs,” and provides the following capabilities:

  • Barkly detects and effectively prevents the execution of known malicious software
  • Barkly effectively mitigates malware by blocking malware and exploits
  • Barkly effectively generates logs of events such that malicious activity can be traced
  • Barkly can be prevented from being disabled by unauthorized users
  • Barkly provides features for Windows endpoints including support for virtualization environments.

In addition to PCI DSS Requirement 5 compliance, many organizations leverage NIST FICIC as a security framework for their cybersecurity posture and to address current and future computer and information security challenges. Coalfire also validated that the Barkly Endpoint Protection Platform™ provides coverage for controls within the NIST FICIC “Detect” and “Respond” functions.


PCI DSS is a framework that defines baseline technical, physical, and operational security controls necessary for protecting payment card account data. PCI DSS applies to any organization that stores, processes, or transmits Cardholder Data. The PCI DSS security requirements apply to app system components included in or connected to the cardholder data environment.

About Barkly

Barkly is advancing endpoint security by combining the strongest protection, smartest technology, with the simplest management. The Barkly Endpoint Protection Platform™ blocks attacks across all vectors and intents, including exploits, scripts, executables, and ransomware. Barkly is the only protection with visibility into all levels of the system, including the CPU and stays up-to-date through its continuous machine-learning engine that automatically converts threat intelligence into powerful protection through nightly training on malware and customer-specific goodware. Barkly requires no security expertise to setup and deploy and makes management simple through any desktop or mobile device. Barkly is independently certified for antivirus replacement, HIPAA, PCI DSS & NIST by Coalfire and AV-TEST. Barkly is formed by an elite team of security and SaaS experts from IBM, Cisco and Intel, and is backed by investors NEA and Sigma Prime. Learn more by visiting us at or follow us on Twitter @BarklyProtects.


Maya Pattison, Director of PR
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