To bolster defenses, Dr. Mayers wanted to ensure a higher level of efficacy for Vertafore’s endpoint protection. “We wanted a dynamic endpoint technology that could understand how ‘net new’ malware and associated heuristics were changing,” recounted Dr. Mayers. He specifically focused on leveraging a solution that used artificial intelligence and machine learning to detect and analyze signature-less malware.
He also emphasized the importance of being able to develop a strategic partnership with a cyber security provider, valuing a provider’s willingness to understand Vertafore’s goals and demonstrate a commitment to build a relationship with the company as key criteria in a partnership.
FireEye: A Strategic Partner
Referencing the success of a previous project with FireEye Mandiant that combined the experience of working with consultative subject matter experts and cutting-edge technologies, Dr. Mayers identified FireEye Mandiant consulting services and FireEye Endpoint Security as ideal additions to Vertafore’s security stance.
The data forensics expertise of the consultants is leveraged for Mandiant Compromise Assessments—annual health checks on Vertafore’s security posture—and as on-call assistance in the event the company needs to remediate a breach. “Having a Mandiant Incident Response Retainer is everything. There’s something very satisfying knowing that if anything bad ever happens, the consultants are literally just a phone call away,” enthused Dr. Mayers.
FireEye Endpoint Security monitors traffic across Vertafore’s infrastructure, isolating and analyzing suspicious activity to formulate an appropriate response if mitigation is deemed necessary. MalwareGuard — the advanced machine learning-based detection and prevention engine in FireEye Endpoint Security — ensures the solution can prevent both known and never-before-seen cyber threats from gaining a foothold in Vertafore’s environment.
Vertafore deployed FireEye Endpoint Security in the cloud to leverage the solution’s threat detection ability across the company’s hybrid environment. Dr. Mayers noted, “The ability to deploy FireEye Endpoint Security in the cloud was key for us. Our cloud-based architecture enables us to stay versatile, agile and flexible. It’s how we efficiently deliver what our customers expect from us.”
Founded in 1969, Vertafore is a leader in modern insurance technology; innovating services and software solutions to connect every point of the industry’s distribution channel. Vertafore supports 20,000 agencies and 1,000 carriers, representing 500,000 insurance professionals worldwide. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Vertafore has a global workforce of more than 1,500 employees.
- Consistently updated technology adapts defenses to evolving threat landscape
- Machine learning enables detection of emerging, signature-less malware
- On-call data forensics experts prepare environment for breach remediation at any moment