NIBE Builds Cyber Resilience in Six Months With Illumio
For manufacturers, maintaining operational uptime is critical. If they cannot build, ship, or invoice their goods, the potential losses can be catastrophic. NIBE recognized this and took proactive steps to boost its cyber resilience.
NIBE Group is a global organization that develops and manufactures a wide range of eco-friendly, energy-efficient solutions for indoor climate comfort, heating, and control. Comprised of over 140 independent companies and 20,000 employees across 30 countries, NIBE has a complex IT environment. Each company has its own set of applications and systems, all of which were migrated and now reside on the group network. However, understanding the interconnections between users, devices, and systems was a challenge. Without visibility and segmentation in place, a breach in one business could quickly lead to a compromise of the whole group.
“We needed to ensure that different companies within the group couldn’t access each other’s assets,” said Fredrik Olandersson, Network Administrator at NIBE. “At the same time, we also recognized the growing ransomware risk facing manufacturers and wanted to strengthen our defenses.”
With a sprawling IT environment, spanning production to the office and IT and OT, NIBE knew it needed to quickly regain control and visibility over traffic flows in its server network. The ultimate goal was limiting unauthorized access between companies – they identified least-privilege access and Zero Trust Segmentation (ZTS) as the solution.
But this was no easy feat. To strengthen resilience, NIBE wanted to segment to the most granular extent possible. This meant not only delivering microsegmentation between the different companies within the group, but also applications and departments.
How Illumio Helped
NIBE quickly realized that this level of segmentation would simply not be feasible with a traditional firewall-based approach. Enter Illumio Core.
With Illumio Core, NIBE now has complete visibility over the traffic flows within its server network – something not possible previously. Illumio Core illustrates network communications in an easy-to-understand map, enabling NIBE to quickly identify and block unnecessary traffic, reduce unauthorized access, and stop breaches spreading to critical assets.
Illumio Core also helps support teams with troubleshooting – support can now identify resolutions quicker and easier by seeing and understanding what applications are doing and the interdependencies between them.
Illumio was simple to deploy, didn’t require any big investments in hardware, and is really easy to manage. It’s also a great choice if you want to get microsegmentation in place and add value quickly. We were in full enforcement of 90 to 95 percent of our estate within six months.
Fredrik OlanderssonNetwork Administrator at NIBE
NIBE is now extending the benefits of ZTS to 6,000 endpoint devices for office workers with Illumio Endpoint. By leveraging existing rules already created in Illumio Core, the company can quickly limit and control access between user devices and specific servers or applications, providing another level of cyber resilience in a single platform.
As the group expands, NIBE is also looking to use Illumio to support the migration of new companies onto the hosting network.
“We can see how Illumio could be valuable prior to a migration because it provides an easy-to-understand view of all the traffic flows and different applications in advance.”
Results and Benefits
NIBE continues to see benefits from implementing Illumio Zero Trust Segmentation including:
- Deployment of ZTS at scale: As the group continues to expand, NIBE can quickly segment new environments and enforce policies to keep assets and data safe.
- Saving time and resources: NIBE can now automatically block unnecessary connections — all without writing cumbersome firewall rules or touching the network.
- Increased cyber confidence: By gaining a holistic view of its server and endpoint environment, NIBE can more confidently respond to any downtime or cyberattacks.
- Quick time to value: Because Illumio was simple to deploy and allowed NIBE to move at their own pace, NIBE was able to reach nearly 100 per cent enforcement in six months.
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