"It needs to work, it has to be simple and it must be affordable": Elbe-Werkstätten trust Allgeier secion's Active Cyber Defense (ACD) service

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Read more about the challenges and the decision-making process at Elbe-Werkstätten in our joint success story!

Elbe-Werkstätten offers vocational training and work opportunities for people who, due to a disability, cannot or cannot yet be employed on the general labour market. With around 3.100 employees, the facility is one of the 20 largest employers in the Hamburg metropolitan region.

Elbe-Werkstätten also live the idea of inclusion in the use of the IT infrastructure: all employees, participants and staff have access to the jointly used computers at all times. Awareness training sessions are held regularly. Since people with cognitive impairments also use the facilities, there is an increased security risk from an IT security point of view.

As a long-standing IT security service provider, Allgeier secion had already provided solid basic protection with the help of virus scanners, firewalls and monthly pentests. This was to be expanded to include a proactive security solution for the early detection of attack activities. The requirement for this "managed detection and response solution" (MDR): The service must function simply, be affordable and also be implementable with a small team.

Initially, the IT managers at Elbe-Werkstätten concentrated on a SIEM solution (Security Information and Event Management). However, it quickly became apparent that this approach was too costly and personnel-intensive. Especially the permanent collection and analysis of logs is very complex and time-consuming for IT security managers and their teams. Instead, those responsible at the Elbe-Werkstätten opted for the Active Cyber Defense (ACD) service from Allgeier secion. As an early warning system, the 24/7 managed service helps Elbe-Werkstätten to actively, proactively and permanently secure its own corporate network so that costly reactive measures can be avoided in the event of an attack.

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