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Outpost24 wins EDF Energy contract

Thursday December 16 2010

Vulnerability management solution, rated “most versatile” leads to three-year deal with energy provider

Vulnerability management solution, rated “most versatile” leads to three-year deal with energy provider

 

EDF Energy this week announced it has entered into a three-year contract with Outpost24, for it to provide a proactive vulnerability management solution and Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance scanning activities in line with new industry regulations.

 

The solution has been deployed across all UK sites and will ultimately extend to the recently integrated British Energy business.

 

Jeffrey Irving, IT perimeter security manager at EDF Energy has been working for some time to develop best practice in network security right across the business, not only at the perimeter, but also looking at internal threats. More recently EDF Energy was required to become PCI compliant in line with new industry regulations and was looking for a technology partner to help the business fulfil those obligations.

 

During evaluation of several leading vulnerability vendors, EDF Energy went to the extent of trialling different solutions. It opted for the Outpost24 solution based upon its flexibility, ease of management and overall value for money.

 

Irving said: “Even during the evaluation process we found immediate value in the Outpost24 solution, as we discovered vulnerabilities other systems on trial hadn’t detected or had inundated us with false positives.”

 

Meeting needs with flexible approach

 

He continued: “We were impressed by the strength of the Outpost24 offer, and ultimately their ability to develop bespoke elements to suit our specific requirements that their competitors were unable to accommodate. We are now confident we have the best proactive vulnerability management solution on offer in the market."

 

Having advised EDF Energy on the optimum solution for internal and perimeter vulnerability management, Outpost24 carried out the installation, and has continued to provide ongoing support, and additional professional services.

 

The Outpost24 installation demonstrates EDF Energy’s continued commitment to providing best practice across its entire security environment to protect both business and consumer data from threats and vulnerabilities, according to the energy provider.

 

EDF Energy provides power to a quarter of the Britain’s population via its electricity distribution networks and supplies gas and electricity to more than 5.5 million business and residential customer product accounts. Following the integration with British Energy in 2009, the company employs around 20,000 people at locations across the UK.