Creating a Cost-Effective Security and Compliance Posture for a Financial Services Organization
A regional financial services organization with over 400 employees in 8 different locations serving clients in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The client has a rich history with ARG supporting their network and cloud infrastructures. The client engaged the ARG team’s expertise and industry knowledge by including them in their annual IT planning meeting. The firm’s dedicated ARG team was invited to attend due to their high-level understanding of the client’s business and current infrastructure.
During the IT planning session, security was identified as a primary initiative. They had internal struggles with policy and procedures, authentication, and access management. The organization’s security and IT teams were feeling overwhelmed with day-to-day security operations and log management. The team was finding it challenging to free up resources to holistically address security policy. They were also concerned with their inability to future-proof the organization because of their reliance on older technology and disparate systems. Additionally, an audit had uncovered a gap between their current security state and the level of protection they wanted to offer their clients.
Over the course of multiple engagements, ARG was able to bring the client a tailored cybersecurity solution from multiple providers. “We cherry-picked best of breed components from our large portfolio of providers to present the client with a customized solution that aligned with their business goals and budget,” commented Jason Assaly, ARG’s Vice President of Strategic Accounts, “We brought these partners under a single support umbrella to address all identified cybersecurity concerns.”
The complete solution included creation and documentation of security policy, DDoS mitigation, Identification Access Management (IAM), Managed Security Operations Center (Managed SOC), disaster recovery, and business continuity.
High-level oversight from ARG allowed the client to cost-effectively piece together the most robust security solution to bridge the gap between their previous and desired security state. To alleviate the burden of log management, ARG and partners provided the client with a managed security solution that oversees any endpoint where information can be transferred. Furthermore, they installed additional sensors and master controls at each of the client’s data centers to increase the level of security redundancy provided to their customers. Lastly, ARG aligned the client with resources to help them rewrite their security policies.
By bringing in their trusted advisor, the financial services organization now has a robust security posture. Their resources can be focused on more strategic projects that yield a better client experience. If the client hadn’t included ARG in this process, they would have risked overspending or outsourcing additional tools that wouldn’t guarantee the same level of effectiveness.
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