Bidfreight Port Operations invests in advanced EDR protection

It is using AD360, an automated security solution from the cloud that combines EDR and EPP capabilities, and requires minimal resources.

Johannesburg, 16 Aug 2019
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Bidfreight Port Operations has deployed Panda Adaptive Defense 360 to protect the organisation from sophisticated cyber threats. The fully integrated solution combines Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) and Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP) capabilities with a single console and unified agent.

In the first half of 2019 we have seen numerous cyberattacks both around the world and closer to home. Reflecting on the advanced nature of today's threat landscape, Boyd Bryson, IT Manager at Bidfreight Port Operations (BPO), recognised the need for a comprehensive approach to securing and managing a highly distributed network. Increasingly, there is an imperative to harden endpoints and reduce the attack surface.

“We believe it is incredibly important to be prepared for, and protected from, cyberattacks. This is something that directed our search for a new endpoint security solution,” says Bryson.

“With offices in every commercial port in SA, we needed a solution that could make the task of implementing new security and managing the network more efficient and less costly.”

This is not a unique situation; globalisation and the mobilisation of the workforce means that many organisations face the challenges of a distributed network of users and endpoints. For BPO, aside from offering advanced protection from cyberattacks, its cybersecurity solution needed to address the following key concerns:

  • Light endpoint footprint, requiring minimal resources
  • Easy and rapid deployment
  • Simple management and reporting

In this case, a security solution that can be managed remotely, while ensuring the visibility and protection of endpoints, including mobile and roaming users, is ideal.

To meet BPO’s specific needs, Panda and reseller partner FirstNet recommended Adaptive Defense 360 (AD360), an automated and centralised advanced security solution delivered from the cloud. This next-generation solution integrates EPP and EDR capabilities with a 100% attestation service, as well as a managed Threat Hunting and Investigation Service.

"The solution is ideal for our distributed network of users," says Richard Hipkin, IT Operations Manager at BPO. "Managing the installation of AD360 is simple, using the install agent to automatically send the install link as soon as the endpoint comes online."

For BPO there was no noticeable effect on its resources after implementing AD360. AD360 does all the heavy lifting in the cloud, resulting in a light endpoint footprint and limited strain on resources for organisations.

"We have used multiple products in the past and AD360 is the most thorough and easy-to-use product. It is essentially an out-of-the-box solution that can be moulded to suit our needs where necessary," concludes Hipkin.

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