Travis Perkins plc Deploys FireEye Technology to Bolster Defence Against Targeted Cyber Attacks

Builders’ merchant secures against email and web-based threats to protect customer information amid increasingly stringent data laws

FireEye®, Inc., the leader in stopping advanced targeted attacks, has been selected by Travis Perkins plc, a leading UK builders merchant, to ensure the company is safeguarded against advanced persistent threats (APTs). Following an attempted attack, the company introduced FireEye’s advanced threat protection solutions alongside existing security tools to address network security gaps that would leave it vulnerable to attack.

Travis Perkins plc is a leading company in the builders' merchanting and home improvement markets. Born out of the merger in 1988 between Travis & Arnold and Sandell Perkins, the group can trace its roots back over 200 years and continues to grow today by following a successful strategy of acquisition and organic growth. In the wake of recent high-profile attacks on other organisations, and with the ICO threatening increasingly severe penalties for inadequate data protection, the group was keen to improve network visibility and ensure the continuous security of customer information. What’s more, as a publicly listed company, Travis Perkins plc must take steps to protect sensitive shareholder and financial details.

Before deploying the full solution, Travis Perkins embarked on a period of thorough proof-of-concept testing. This not only ensured that the system would be interoperable with existing infrastructure, but also offered an indication of the level of threat currently being missed by traditional security measures.

"Before deploying FireEye, we had been targeted by a cyber attack that was caught by our internal defences before any harm could be done," said Simon Gray, information security specialist at Travis Perkins. "However, had this been more sophisticated malware, as we have seen with many high-profile breaches, it could have been a different story, and this prompted us to seek a solution to cover all bases and deal with this new generation of threat. FireEye’s proof-of-concept stage was particularly useful for us to see where the gaps in our network security were and what our existing defences were in danger of missing, or routinely returning as false positives."

With the FireEye Web Malware Protection System™, Travis Perkins is protected against the web-based and zero-day attacks that traditional firewalls, IPS, AV, and Web gateways often fail to catch, while the FireEye Email Malware Protection System™ secures against spear phishing email attacks that bypass anti-spam and reputation-based technologies. All of this is controlled and managed through the FireEye Central Management System™ (CMS).

"As an organisation, we are continually striving to ensure the utmost protection for our customers, and in this respect, FireEye really impressed us," continued Gray. "As the stakes have never been higher, we urgently needed to secure our data with a robust, reliable and comprehensive solution – and FireEye certainly ticked all of the boxes. The solution was easy to implement, simple to use, and proved that it could catch events that our existing systems didn’t. We look forward to extending our relationship with FireEye in the near future to ensure our security infrastructure evolves in line with the rapidly changing threat landscape."

"As such a high-profile supplier to the UK’s building and construction industry, Travis Perkins is clearly mindful of its duty to protect internal networks, customers, and shareholders against the ever evolving breed of advanced cyber attacks," said Paul Davis, director for Europe at FireEye. "As data laws tighten, and the consequences of a breach worsen, we hope that more organisations will take positive steps to ensure that their defences meet the challenges presented by today’s cybercriminals."

About Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins plc is a leading company in the builders' merchanting and home improvement markets. Born out of the merger in 1988 between Travis & Arnold and Sandell Perkins, the group can trace its roots back over 200 years and continues to grow today by following a successful strategy of acquisition and organic growth.

The group includes some of the leading brands in the industry, Travis Perkins, Keyline, City Plumbing Supplies, CCF, Wickes, Benchmarx, Tile Giant, Toolstation, City Heating Spares, BSS, DHS - Direct Heating Spares, F & P Wholesale, BPT - Birchwood Price Tools, PTS, Connections, and SBS - Sustainable Business Solutions and has over 1,800 branches across the UK. For more information visit: www.travisperkinsplc.co.uk

About FireEye, Inc.

FireEye is the leader in stopping advanced targeted attacks that use advanced malware, zero-day exploits, and APT tactics. The FireEye solutions supplement traditional and next generation firewalls, IPS, anti-virus, and gateways, which cannot stop advanced threats, leaving security holes in networks. FireEye offers the industry’s only solution that detects and blocks attacks across both Web and email threat vectors as well as latent malware resident on file shares. It addresses all stages of an attack lifecycle with a signature-less engine utilising stateful attack analysis to detect zero-day threats. Based in Milpitas, California, FireEye is backed by premier financial partners including Sequoia Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, and Juniper Networks.

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