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February 12, 2020

Stowe Stops the Spread of Security Epidemics with Illumio

Product Marketing Director

Katey focuses on go-to-market strategy including voice of the customer. She has over a decade of enterprise IT experience working with global regulators, financial services, and Fortune 100 corporations.

Australia’s oldest and largest private electrical contractor, Stowe, builder of data centers for the Fortune 100, turned to Illumio. Stowe’s IT team chose Illumio Cloud for more granular segmentation of its own data center, led by Group Technology Officer Karl Houseman,  

"When something compromises the network internally, Illumio is the best. Anti-virus is not enough. A hacker is not a virus – that's a user, essentially on your internal network. How do you stop them? Illumio is cheap for the peace of mind it gives." 

A century after replacing gaslight with electricity for clients, Stowe now constructs next-generation “Smart” buildings with IoT elements – across a greatly expanded attack surface. As a trusted provider of critical IT infrastructure, ensuring preventive data protection for clients is paramount to Stowe’s team. "We're putting on services monthly, if not weekly, to support field staff. You can't maintain segmentation at that rate using firewalls, you need something dynamic.” 

Illumio Cloud gives Stowe Zero Trust assurance in preventing the spread of breaches, with micro-segmentation that is faster, simpler, more secure, and more cost effective than re-architecting the network – or keeping up with firewalls. 

“Illumio looks at the application level as opposed to a hard-wired IT level. It ensures segmentation with IT and port-based rules, but it performs the discovery and mapping and intelligence behind it, independent of the infrastructure. 

Beyond segmentation, Illumio Cloud provides Stowe visibility across its data environments for troubleshooting port communications diagnostics and performance testing, as well as communicating cross-functionally with business stakeholders. “Illumio is an easy product, very intelligent, and easy to explain to CFOs, CEOs, and MDs who aren’t technically minded. Risk mitigation is on their agenda as well.” 

But just because you can maintain your own world-class IT infrastructure doesn’t mean you have to. Stowe trusts Illumio Secure Cloud for its simple deployment, ease of useand its 24/7 managed service, including upgrades & Cloud PCE monitoring system. 

"We don't have a 'cloud-first' policy; we have a best of-breed policy. We build data centers and own our own infrastructure – we can rack and stack – but there was no advantage to us running it internally. Illumio cloud solution is maintained, it's always on the latest version, it made far more sense."  

Learn more about Stowe’s success with Illumio Cloud in our customer case study.

 

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January 8, 2020

Customer Story: White Glove Segmentation for Blue Chip Client Audits

Product Marketing Director

Katey focuses on go-to-market strategy including voice of the customer. She has over a decade of enterprise IT experience working with global regulators, financial services, and Fortune 100 corporations.

110-year-old asset management firm Baillie Gifford's clients trust them with an over $200 billion portfolio, including investments in Amazon, Google, Salesforce, Tesla, Airbnb, Spotify, Lyft, Palantir, and SpaceX. In return, they expect granular assurance of client data protection on an ongoing basis.

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October 18, 2019

We should have done this years ago: A History of Decoupling

Product Marketing Director

Katey focuses on go-to-market strategy including voice of the customer. She has over a decade of enterprise IT experience working with global regulators, financial services, and Fortune 100 corporations.

Breaking up isn’t always hard to do. Sometimes things run their course, and a relationship outlives its usefulness. Our only regret is not realizing it sooner!

Remember toll plazas?

We used to have to pay tolls in cash to collectors at checkpoints on highway and bridges. It was a terrible bottleneck. Highways are there to get you where you need to go quickly. Tollbooth checkpoints are the opposite of quick. They just slow everyone down.

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September 30, 2019

Divide and Conquer: Why It's Time to Unlock Security From the Network

Product Marketing Director

Katey focuses on go-to-market strategy including voice of the customer. She has over a decade of enterprise IT experience working with global regulators, financial services, and Fortune 100 corporations.

Network segmentation is a well-known approach to network security and has been lauded as a way to improve security and reduce your attack surface. At Illumio, we talk a lot about the value of our product being the best solution for segmentation because our software actually allows network and security teams to “decouple” – that is, allow the security segmentation policy to be independent of network infrastructure and constraints.

But you might ask yourself: why is that important? Here’s your Decoupling 101.

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September 18, 2019

Better Containing Threats in a Containerized World

Product Marketing Director

Katey focuses on go-to-market strategy including voice of the customer. She has over a decade of enterprise IT experience working with global regulators, financial services, and Fortune 100 corporations.

It is a DevOps world – and the rest of us are just living in it.  While this isn’t the case entirely, it can feel this way given how often we hear about DevOps, microservices, and containers.

Truth be told, it was clear in 2015 when we began securing Docker containers that DevOps and the continuous software delivery process was already bringing tremendous business and technical value. Containers break applications into more manageable pieces for more efficient software development that gets new applications and features into the hands of users and customers quickly.  

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