Wellington College Chooses LogRhythm’s NextGen SIEM Platform to Improve Threat Detection

Wellington College chooses LogRhythm’s NextGen SIEM Platform to improve threat detection

Day and boarding independent school Wellington College realised it needed
a more comprehensive solution that would automate threat detection and
neutralisation. Indeed, the threat landscape was evolving at such a rapid pace
that the IT team found it difficult, if not impossible, to identify and mitigate
threats manually. Furthermore, as staff and students increasingly worked
remotely, the college required a solution that would be able to better locate
threats on and off campus.

To boost its security posture, Wellington College undertook a tendering
process that involved a number of different vendors, with LogRhythm proving
to best suit the college’s needs.

Wellington College Case Study UK

The Organisation

Located in Berkshire, Wellington College is home to approximately 1,100
students and 600 staff and is regarded as one of the UK’s most prestigious
institutions. In 2017, the college wanted to enhance its cybersecurity portfolio
by investing in a tool that would automate the collection, storage, and analysis
of its data to better identify behavioural trends and offer greater insight into
potential cyberthreats.

The Challenge

Wellington College generates a wealth of data, which was becoming a minefield
for its IT department to manage manually. In the past, the college took more
of a reactive approach to security, largely because it did not have full visibility
into its network activity. Furthermore, the college had to manage both external
and internal threats.

“We are constantly battling both external and internal threats; indeed, with a
college full of smart, savvy teenagers, the insider threat is very real,” said Tony
Whelton, IT director at Wellington College. “As the threat landscape escalated,
we knew we needed a more holistic solution that would automatically make
sense of our data, essentially acting as the eyes and ears of the IT team.”

The Solution

Wellington College turned to Xitenys, an independent provider of next
generation security and data management solutions, for help finding the
right solution. Following a rigorous tendering process involving a number of
other vendors, the college selected LogRhythm’s NextGen SIEM Platform.
The platform was chosen for its enhanced functionality, seamless reporting
features and advanced analytics capabilities.

“LogRhythm’s NextGen SIEM Platform stood out as being best-in-breed after
a year of testing multiple solutions,” continued Whelton. “The visibility we now
have is exceptional. Not only do we have access to data that reveals useful
behavioural trends, we also have insight into network activity–both internal
and external–in real-time, which means we can take action to neutralise a
potential threat as soon as it appears.”

The NextGen SIEM Platform is also helping Wellington College overcome the
challenge of detecting and neutralising threats remotely.

“At the college, our students and staff are constantly accessing our network
on-the-go as they roam the campus, which can make it much more challenging
to identify and locate a lot of threats. LogRhythm’s platform is incredibly
intelligent and is able to correlate data from multiple sources to reveal what is
infected, where, and when. For example, we are now able to merge data picked
up from our firewall with WiFi data to get the exact location of a malwareinfected
device. What’s also really useful is that this data is analysed and
stored on one single dashboard, making it much easier for our IT department
to create and share reports,” concluded Whelton.