Palo Alto Networks, a global cybersecurity leader, has announced that SEGA Europe, the distribution arm of interactive game publisher SEGA Games Co., Limited, chose the Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform as the standard for its security operations, providing centralised cybersecurity detection and prevention for its London headquarters and five world-class development studios spanning the UK, France, Bulgaria and Canada.
SEGA is a legendary video game pioneer and a prolific arcade game producer. SEGA Europe is the entertainment and media publishing arm of the company, focused on its diverse line-up of games and franchises including Total War, Football Manager and Company of Heroes.
With creative intellectual property at the core of the business, securing the IT infrastructure supporting its development studios is of paramount importance. However, its ageing patchwork of point products lacked visibility and effectiveness against increasingly sophisticated cyberthreats.
Palo Alto Networks has enabled SEGA Europe to transform security from a detect-and-remediate approach to one of active prevention, leveraging real-time threat intelligence to thwart cyberthreats of all kinds – including zero-day attacks – before they are able to impact the business.
With the ability to centrally manage security policies across its geographically distributed business, SEGA Europe gained consistent policy enforcement, with the granular control to enable secure yet unimpeded access to applications and resources essential to developers and business staff at the game maker.
Kashif Iqbal, Head of Corporate IT and Cyber Security, SEGA Europe, said: “The Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform offers such a comprehensive and unified approach to cybersecurity, we will be able to keep adding to the strong foundation we’ve built to stay ahead of the threats, which grow more sophisticated every day.
“By continually strengthening our visibility, control and threat intelligence, we no longer have to worry about what our users are doing. We know our network and business assets are protected.”
SEGA Europe deployed a range of Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls and is taking advantage of next-generation security capabilities such as App-ID technology to create application-specific security policies and the cloud-based WildFire malware prevention service to detect and isolate known and unknown threats.
SEGA Europe also deployed GlobalProtect to ensure remote users, such as contractors, are consistently protected with the same policies and security measures as on-site employees.
To speed threat analysis and response, SEGA Europe also uses the AutoFocus contextual threat intelligence service, providing root cause analysis and insights into exploit behaviour, which enables SEGA Europe to quickly identify the source of the attack and prevent future attacks.
For SEGA Europe, having global threat intelligence and preventive capabilities has brought a new level of comfort and peace of mind.