ECFRS enhances security and monitoring

Posted On 04 Jul 2013
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Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has deployed an integrated log management and security information and event management solution to achieve the regulatory compliance required to access the government’s Public Service Network. The solution, from LogRhythm, provides the Service with situational awareness across its IT infrastructure, enhancing cyber security and improving operational efficiency. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service protects a population of more than 1.5 million, with 50 fire stations across 14 local authority areas. This made it essential to ensure the protection of sensitive data across its entire IT infrastructure, as it rolls out a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, with individual log-in credentials for each of its fire fighters. The Service is also required to follow government regulations utilising Good Practice Guide 13 (GPG 13), which advocates all network traffic must be continuously monitored as a way of proactively identifying unusual or suspicious behaviour, in order to access the Public Service Network. Prior to the implementation, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service used a log management solution, but it was felt that greater network visibility was required to deliver the level of protective monitoring needed for GPG 13 compliance. As such, a number of security information and event management solutions were evaluated. Chris Massie, ECFRS ICT Security Officer, stated, ‘By deploying the platform, we have made significant progress in establishing GPG 13 aligned controls. This, coupled with the solution’s intuitive nature, has enabled us to make more progress in the first five days of deployment than we have over the past year using our previous log management tool. ‘We were looking to implement a solution that would enable the proactive management of our cyber security and IT operations, not just a platform that would tick a compliance box. We attend an average of 24,490 calls a year” and we’re increasingly dependent upon IT infrastructure to manage operations.’

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.