Sutton and East Surrey Water Deploys Forescout CounterACT for Real-time Network Visibility, Security Compliance and Control Automation
CAMPBELL, Calif., November 18, 2014— Forescout Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of pervasive network security solutions for Global 2000 enterprises and government organizations, today announced that Sutton and East Surrey Water (SESW) has successfully deployed Forescout CounterACT®. The solution allows SESW to achieve comprehensive, real-time visibility of its internal network, to gain a clear dashboard that shows compliance status and to enhance internal threat identification and remediation capabilities. In addition, interoperability with McAfee via Forescout ControlFabric® architecture helps to ensure appropriate endpoint protection across endpoints.
SESW supplies drinking water to approximately 670,000 residents in 284,000 properties in East Surrey and parts of West Sussex, West Kent and South London, which covers 835 square kilometers (322 square miles). SESW supplies, on average, 160 million liters of water per day, a figure that can rise to 220 million liters during the summer.
When SESW began looking for a solution to provide network visibility and control, it approached its long-standing IT integration partner, BlueFort Security, a UK-based specialist integrator of enterprise IT solutions in the security and mobility space, which recommended Forescout CounterACT and offered an on-site proof of concept to the SESW IT security team. During the evaluation, the water company assessed CounterACT’s suitability and found that it delivered broader functionality than the benchmark requirement, while staying within SESW’s budget.
“Like all organizations, we have a limited IT security budget and have to ensure that we maximize any IT security investment,” said Michael Cock, group information technology manager of SESW. “Once we identified Forescout as a potential solution, we found that there were very few direct comparators in the market – certainly nothing with the same scope. The price and breadth of CounterACT provided strong advantages over alternative solutions that we evaluated.”
Forescout not only exceeded the requirements, but also maximized internal security compliance by delivering greater operational oversight of authorized and unauthorized users, devices and software on SESW’s network. CounterACT exceeded SESW’s compliance requirements, while requiring minimal man-hours to maintain the solution. More importantly, Forescout’s ControlFabric architecture enables CounterACT and other IT systems to exchange information, allowing SESW to achieve a more holistic security posture. SESW capitalizes on these opportunities by integrating CounterACT with its McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (McAfee ePO) centralized security management software and anti-virus solutions.
“In the quest to make our internal network security as strong as our external network security, our primary concern was to source an auditable and complete IT discovery tool. Prior to Forescout, we used a number of disparate tools for asset discovery and audit, and a significant amount of manual work was required to collate all of the data, which introduced risk,” explained Cock. “The Forescout solution eliminated this problem, and the fact that it is so much more than an audit and discovery tool added real value to us.”
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About Forescout Technologies, Inc.
Forescout delivers pervasive network security by allowing organizations to continuously monitor and mitigate security exposures and cyberattacks. The company’s CounterACT platform dynamically identifies and assesses network users, endpoints and applications to provide visibility, intelligence and policy-based mitigation of security issues. Forescout’s open ControlFabric technology allows a broad range of IT security products and management systems to share information and automate remediation actions. Because Forescout’s solutions are easy to deploy, unobtrusive, flexible and scalable, as of September 30, 2014 they have been chosen by more than 1,700 enterprises and government agencies in 54 countries. Headquartered in Campbell, California, Forescout offers its solutions through its network of authorized partners worldwide. Learn more at www.forescout.com.
Forescout Technologies, Inc. is a privately held Delaware corporation. Forescout, the Forescout logo, CounterACT® and ControlFabric are trademarks of Forescout. Other names mentioned may be trademarks of their respective owners.