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Prospects ensures regulatory compliance and increased security with LogRhythm

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UK’s leading training and guidance service selects LogRhythm’s integrated log management and next-generation SIEM solution

02 October 2012 - LogRhythm, the leader in cyber threat defence, detection and response, today announced that Prospects, the leading education, employment and training group, has deployed its integrated log management and Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution to ensure compliance with standards such as ISO27001 and regulations such as the HMG Security Policy Framework (SPF). The LogRhythm platform also provides the organisation with increased network visibility, boosting its overall IT security posture.

As the UK’s largest national supplier of careers-related information, advice and guidance, providing services to adults, young people and offenders, Prospects is charged with safeguarding large volumes of sensitive personal information.  The majority of Prospects’ contracts are with the public sector, with local authorities, government departments and bodies such as Ofsted. As a result, the company is required to follow government regulations such as the SPF and Good Practice Guide no. 13 (GPG 13), which stipulates that network activity must be continuously monitored as a way of proactively identifying unusual or suspicious behaviour. This is critical to ensure delivery against these contracts as well as to gain access to the government’s new Public Services Network (PSN). 

Prospects has over 1,300 employees based in more than 60 locations and is continuing to expand, so generating growing volumes of IT network log data across increasingly disparate IT systems. Its existing method of log data collection and analysis, where the log data was collected both manually and with various freeware programmes across different environments, was resource intensive. Prospects therefore identified the need to deploy a centralised log management and SIEM solution, which would ensure the company cost-effectively delivered on regulatory compliance, while improving network security. Following an extensive evaluation process, the company chose LogRhythm for the solution’s intuitive nature, cost-effectiveness and its unique ability to automatically demonstrate compliance with government frameworks upon deployment.

“LogRhythm stood out due to its intuitive nature while still providing the deepest level of visibility out of all the solutions we evaluated,” said Steven Macciolli, security officer and IT change manager at Prospects. “Furthermore, its competitors required huge initial investments – in contrast, LogRhythm offered rapid, higher returns on a lower investment, while also delivering value-added functionalities. We were looking for an integrated, centralised log management and next-generation SIEM solution that could cost-effectively ensure compliance while simultaneously helping us improve our IT security and ultimately become more competitive in the marketplace. Simply by deploying LogRhythm’s solution, we’ve demonstrated compliance with various government frameworks – a benefit no other systems we evaluated offered. Going forward, we’ll be further utilising LogRhythm to help us gain PSN accreditation.”

“This deployment is further validation of how LogRhythm significantly helps organisations simplify the compliance process,” said Ross Brewer, vice president and managing director, international markets at LogRhythm. “By adopting a protective monitoring approach, Prospects now has the visibility in its IT infrastructure required to build effective compliance strategies. With its business model dependent on its public sector contracts and its ability to safeguard sensitive information, Prospects is faced with growing pressure to secure an increasing amount of data and the need to adhere to ever more compliance directives. By deploying LogRhythm’s platform, the company is now future-proofed against the Big Data challenge and increasingly stringent regulatory requirements.”

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About LogRhythm
LogRhythm is the leader in cyber threat defence, detection and response. The company’s SIEM 2.0 security intelligence platform delivers the visibility, insight and remediation required to detect the previously undetectable and address the mutating cyber threat landscape. LogRhythm also provides unparalleled compliance automation and assurance as well as operational intelligence to Global 2000 organisations, government agencies and mid-sized businesses worldwide. 

Positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s 2012 SIEM Magic Quadrant, LogRhythm also earned a perfect, 5-star rating and this year’s exclusive “BEST BUY” in the SC Magazine SIEM Group Test. Additional awards have included Computing Security’s Bench Tested Solution of the Year, SC Labs’ “Recommended” 5-star designation twice, SC Magazine’s Innovator of the Year Award, Readers Trust Award for “Best SIEM” solution and “BEST BUY” designation for Digital Forensics.  LogRhythm is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado with operations in Canada, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. For more information, visit www.logrhythm.com

About Prospects
Prospects is a leading education, employment and training company, working both nationally and internationally. We estimate we help more than one million people each year, through an extensive range of high quality services. We are one of the first and largest new public sector mutuals, with shares allocated to managers and staff, as an employee-owned company.

Our services include:

  • Careers services for both adults and young people, including the face to face element of the National Careers Service in three regions 

  • Advice and guidance for offenders in Greater London and Yorkshire and Humber

  • The Work Programme, the government's major initiative to help long term unemployed back to work, in the South West and London.

  • Ofsted Early Years Inspection Services in the Midlands and North of England

  • Youth Contract, targeted support for young people in the West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber

  • An extensive range of education consultancy and school improvement services

We are also widely recognised for expertise in event management, recruitment, community regeneration and educational resources. Gabbitas, one of the most trusted names in independent education is part of the Prospects Group.

For further information, please contact:
Ginnia Cheng /Richard Scarlett
Johnson King
Tel: 020 7401 7968 / Email: LogRhythm@johnsonking.co.uk