Global 250 Bank Deploys Illumio for Faster, Scalable SWIFT Compliance
Overview and challenge
A Global 250 bank tackling mandatory SWIFT compliance struggled with building granular and consistent microsegmentation policies using their standard firewall-based approach.
Iterating complex firewall policy proved too unwieldy and time-consuming. Investigating infrastructure-based solutions meant more hardware to manage and less flexibility in deployment, which was at odds with the agility needed for their DevOps IT approach.
Faced with security product overload, a rapidly changing threat landscape, scarcity of qualified security personnel, and the need to move into a hybrid cloud in a secure manner, the team decided they needed a more flexible and less complicated solution that could address their critical security, compliance, and data protection requirements — without compromising the need to move at the speed of their global business spanning multiple continents and time zones.
How Illumio helped
Illumio Core gives banks the speed they need for SWIFT compliance, combined with the defensibility and trust of a validated microsegmentation strategy attested to by application owners.
With a successful SWIFT deployment, the customer is now expanding Illumio into their software development life cycle environment to securely create isolated test environments for remote vendors.
Microsegmentation with Illumio Core is more scalable, more agile, and quicker to implement than other solutions. The policy is derived from the information you gather from the application dependency map, and that’s the tenet that we started with: you’re not going to be able to write policy for anything you don’t understand. We can give application owners the ability to create a policy and validate it is correct. Using the map as a mechanism for ‘what ifs’ is a key component of what we do. VP of Enterprise Systems Global 250 Bank
Results and benefits
The most significant internal driver for Illumio with the financial services customer was the consistency of running on anything, anywhere: “Independence from the infrastructure is the big thing. Illumio’s ability to work on virtual machines, on-premise, bare-metal, or in the cloud has ensured consistent security across our environments,” according to the bank’s VP of Enterprise Systems.
Unlike data center firewall, network segmentation, or other microsegmentation solutions, Illumio’s microsegmentation capabilities provided:
- Scalable and flexible segmentation between individual environments.
- A single segmentation solution for bare-metal, virtualized, on-premises, and cloud workloads.
- Application segmentation with fine-grained control between application tiers.
- Segmentation between and within production and development environments.
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