The City and County of San Francisco – distinguished by being the only consolidated city-county in California – has about 62 departments all connecting to the internet, and Nathan Sinclair, manager of the Cyber Security Defense Team, and his team have the monumental task of overseeing those connections and ensuring that everything is secured.
"We support the IT infrastructure for city departments," Sinclair explained. "They connect to the internet via our network, and we’re effectively serving as an internal ISP for the city."
The journey to bringing FireEye onboard in the City and County of San Francisco began at a security conference. Sinclair visited a FireEye booth, began learning all about FireEye Network Security, and the rest is history. Since then, the City and County of San Francisco has deployed FireEye Endpoint Security.
"We’ve been getting a lot of phishing attacks, and there are so many different places that people go on the internet," Sinclair said. "You must be able to monitor these connections for potential threats. Response and detection are key in protecting key resources, and most of all people. Therefore, it is very important to have tools with capabilities that will aid in detection and response. FireEye’s direction has changed over the years; they continue to improve their product line, providing increased detection capabilities and alerting that we use for the departments."