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Integrated IT security aids Turkish Credit Bureau

ForeScout Technologies : 19 November, 2015  (Application Story)
ForeScout Technologies chosen by KKB Credit Bureau in Turkey for providing the platform to secure the network and integrate security systems.
Integrated IT security aids Turkish Credit Bureau

With the high security levels required by the banking and finance industry and the strict regulatory compliance demands surrounding them, choosing the right package of IT security systems is a daunting task for network administrators, one that was made much easier at one Turkish credit bureau by the flexibility of the ForeScout CounterACT network access control product.

For the Credit Bureau of Turkey (KKB), it was important to have automatic security controls for risk mitigation and high speed reaction time and to ensure that all endpoints on the network are legitimate corporate user devices. With a number of security systems already in place, it was also important that the NAC provided the glue to hang them all together without conflicts or difficulties of integration.

With a mixed network environment of Aruba wireless access points and Cisco switches as well as security products from FireEye, ArcSight and CyberArk, it was important that the system integrated seamlessly and operated effectively in a mixed environment, something which CounterACT achieved in a way that prompted KKB's Head of Information Security/Risk Management, Ali Kutluhan Aktas, to describe CounterACT as the Swiss army knife of the security department.

We spoke to Ali about his decision to use ForeScout and what led him to that choice. He told us, "A study conducted by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan estimated a 47% shortage of security professionals by 2017. This means almost half of the seats needed by information security will be empty. With this in mind, we started to look for products that natively communicate with other security products, across different disciplines, to reduce the workload for our security professionals."

"ForeScout fulfilled these criteria and we recently deployed CounterACT, which communicates and shares information with other security products using up to 50 plugins," he continued.

Commenting on how the product operates in detail, Ali concluded "We are able to send or receive actions and commands with ForeScout. For example, if a notebook needs to update its antivirus product, ForeScout sends an update command to McAfee; if there is an unchanged local admin password on a notebook, ForeScout starts the password change process with CyberArk and if there is a domain admin credential hash on a PC, ForeScout isolates it from the network until it has been totally cleaned by the helpdesk. ForeScout also enables many other automated security controls, which saves our team time and manpower.”

The full case study of how ForeScout CounterACT helped KKB to meet its security and compliance objectives, can be found as a ForeScout download

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