Melbourne’s CyberRisk brings BlackBerry Cylance to Reece Group
Melbourne-based security consultant CyberRisk has scored a consulting gig with Australian plumbing and bathroom supplies distributor Reece Group.
The deal centres around Reece’s adoption of BlackBerry Cylance’s platform, with Cyber Risk advising on tuning in best operational practices, developing the zones and policies before deployment, and contributing to the development of a proof of concept.
CyberRisk director Leong Wang told CRN that the company took the opportunity to introduce Reece to Cylance after the distributor put up an expression of interest (EOI) after its existing antivirus solution was up for renewal.
“The legacy [antivirus] was up for renewal and leading up to that, [Reece] ran the EOI, a proof of concept and proof of value leading up to that point, and made a decision with another month up Reece’s sleeve to actually start deploying before the other products expired,” Wang said.
Wang admitted Reece did not necessarily have many issues with the legacy antivirus, Symantec, as malware wasn’t a regular problem compared to other organisations.
“Cylance wasn’t necessarily solving any problems, but it was more that Reece was looking to the future,” Wang said. “The company evaluated three vendors against a testing criteria and systematically tested the products and Cylance came out on top of that.”
On Reece’s end, Wang added that the IT team no longer has to worry about “mundane” operational activity due to Cylance being cloud-based, including patching the servers that ran the Symantec solution as well as having to push out regular updates.
Reece Group Chooses BlackBerry Cylance to Protect Against Cyber Threats
November 21, 2019
SYDNEY– November 21, 2019 – BlackBerry Limited today announced at the 2019 BlackBerry World Tour – Sydney that global plumbing supplies company Reece Group (Reece Group; ASX: REH), has deployed BlackBerry Cylance technology to protect thousands of end-points across its retail stores and offices in Australia and the United States.
The iconic Australian company, which provides plumbing, bathroom and waterworks products to residential and commercial customers, has deployed the BlackBerry Cylance AI platform to help protect employees, end-points and systems against cyberthreats, malware and ransomware. BlackBerry Cylance solutions uses a patent-protected artificial intelligence (AI) model to predict, prevent, contain and respond to advanced cyber threats before they can cause harm.
The company may be nearly one hundred years old, but forward-thinking Reece Group constantly innovates to stay competitive – including its approach to next-generation cybersecurity practices. As management pursued rapid digital transformation plans and an international growth strategy in the USA, including its $1.9b acquisition of MORSCO, the company also developed a more sophisticated approach to build cyber-resiliency. This included a move from a traditional signature-based antivirus (AV) model to a proactive and preventative AI and machine learning (ML) model to augment its growing cybersecurity operations team. To minimize complexity and ensure ease-of-management, Reece Group undertook some intense testing to find one vendor to do it all.
Shane Laffin, Head of Cybersecurity at Reece Group says, “Our customers are at the center of everything we do, which means we take data integrity and cybersecurity very seriously. After setting out our needs for a more sophisticated, proactive cyber strategy, BlackBerry Cylance proved it could address Reece Group’s requirements from a security, operations and design perspective. With its mathematical AI models for both static prevention and dynamic detection and response, BlackBerry Cylance was uniquely able to automatically deal with attack sequences without requiring constant human intervention – allowing our team to scale and support our growing global business.”
Rather than rely on signature-based antivirus solutions or passive detection tools, Reece Group required a more sophisticated, automated and flexible architecture for both End Point Protection (EPP) and End-Point Detection and Response (EDR) that would accelerate capability to detect and contain threats. For example, Reece has been able to orchestrate workflows that take automatic actions on triggers by leveraging behavioral ML models, custom detection options and align their threat hunting program to the pre-built MITRE ATT&CK™ framework, all done via the BlackBerry Cylance platform.
Jason Duerden, Regional Director, BlackBerry Cylance in Australia and New Zealand says, “The tactics used by adversaries today are no different to 10 years ago – however, phishing, social engineering, new malware mutation all occur daily, even hourly, making signature-based tools obsolete. It only takes one click on a malicious attachment or one unsecured connected device to leave a network open to attack. Together with our channel partner, CyberRisk, BlackBerry Cylance is proud to help Reece Group move successfully from a traditional AV model to an AI-driven, preventative approach to threat management– ensuring the company is prepared for emerging and current threats.”
The lightweight CylancePROTECT® solution is deployed by Reece Group across a diverse range of end-points, such as workstations, servers, point-of-sale (P.O.S) and select employee home machines – using AI and ML algorithms to detect, prevent and contain existing and new malware, exploits and scripts – even when systems are offline. The company chose CylancePROTECT because it was easy to deploy, consumed minimal resources on systems and consistently detected malware and threats that other AV solutions missed. Reece Group further extended its threat prevention capability by rolling out CylanceOPTICS®, pushing all detection and response decisions down to the endpoint, eliminating the requirement for constant cloud connection, and human intervention.
Leong Wang, Director and Co-founder at CyberRisk says, “We are seeing attacks in Australia on an unforeseen scale, such as the current EMOTET malware campaign, driving organizations to move away from traditional, signature-based antivirus measures. That’s why we were early adopters of BlackBerry Cylance and since, have been a long-term partner. As a customer, we know first-hand the proven effectiveness of its next-generation AI-driven solutions at mitigating risk years in advance. As a partner, we are confident in helping our customers use AI to address the sheer scale of threats we are facing.”
CylancePROTECT is an integrated threat prevention solution that combines the power of AI to block malware infections with additional security controls that safeguard against script-based, fileless, memory, and external device-based attacks. Customers like Reece Group leverage the pre-execution Predictive Advantage (PA) of CylancePROTECT to prevent advanced threats, including zero-day attacks, on average 25 months before they are first detected in the wild. The power of prevention is coupled with the highly scalable endpoint detection and response (EDR) capabilities of CylanceOPTICS for threat hunting and root cause analysis, using AI to identify and prevent widespread security incidents.
BlackBerry security solutions protect over 500 million endpoints worldwide. For more information please visit www.blackberry.com/cylance. For more information or a demo of BlackBerry Cylance solutions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.
About Reece Group
Reece Group is a leading distributor of plumbing, waterworks and HVAC-R products to commercial and residential customers through 800 branches in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Established in 1920 and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, Reece Group has approximately 7,800 employees committed to improving the lives of their customers by striving for greatness every day.