Based on past experience using Illumio Core, Fried knew it was a perfect fit for Brooks. Illumio simplifies segmentation, empowering the whole team to use the product, regardless of role. This speeds progress towards the ultimate goal of reducing risk.
“With Illumio, it’s incredibly easy to take a data-driven approach to microsegmentation,” Fried says. “We can monitor flows in and out of servers, and those insights help us design a more effective security strategy. Being able to visually test the impact of our strategy has been a game changer for us.”
Brooks has quickly shrunk its potential attack surface thanks to Illumio’s flexible options for enforcing segmentation.
By selectively applying deny rules for all but essential user-to-server traffic, the retailer gained fast protection of hundreds of Windows servers.
This method buys Fried and team time to progress towards the Zero Trust standard for allow-listing. It also gives them proactive protection against ransomware, with the ability to instantly block common pathways, such as Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), to critical servers.