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EXHIBITOR NEWS: WithSecureTM Helps Match Steelite International’s Security with the Innovation of its Factory Floor

EXHIBITOR NEWS: WithSecureTM Helps Match Steelite International’s Security with the Innovation of its Factory Floor

Steelite International, a leading manufacturer, designer, distributor and supplier for the hospitality sector, has long had a robust approach to cybersecurity and has never suffered a serious security incident.


Andrew Bennett, UK IT Manager at Steelite, explains: “The company has always been ahead of the curve for the latest manufacturing technology and techniques, and we’ve come to mirror that on the IT side. We have a more proactive attitude to security than many manufacturers of our size.”


Reflecting this, Steelite has a long-standing partnership with WithSecureTM. The relationship stretches back all the way to the days when WithSecureTM was known as Data Fellows.


Andrew elaborates: “I’ve been here for more than 25 years and the partnership predates even that. We’ve evaluated our partnership several times over the years, and we’ve always been satisfied with the company’s ability to keep us safe from cyber threats.”


A New Era of Enhanced Security for Steelite


Steelite recently began to place greater emphasis on its security capabilities after the manufacturer was acquired by Arbor Investments, a private equity firm specialising in food, beverage, and other related industries, in 2019.


“Arbor has a security template that it applies to all of its partners,” Andrew explains. “We’re working closely with them on moving towards this, which means enhancing some of our capabilities and syncing up our IT solutions processes with our US operations.”


With more than two decades experience of working together, WithSecureTM was the natural choice of partner to continue enhancing Steelite’s security standing.


As a longtime partner, Steelite has gradually enhanced its security as WithSecureTM solutions have developed and improved. Part of this journey involved moving from using traditional antivirus, to endpoint detection and response (EDR) and endpoint protection (EPP) through the WithSecureTM Elements platform and beyond.


Andrew explains: “We’ve always had a very good experience with WithSecureTM endpoint protection, so we went with another set of benchmarking to confirm its suitability as part of our work with Arbor. One of the most obvious differences to the competitors we tried is the very efficient, lightweight setup. We could measure the drain on resources when we swapped

Elements out to test other solutions.”


In addition to transitioning to EPP, Steelite also began using WithSecureTM’s Vulnerability Management solution, provided through the Elements platform. Consolidation was a focal point for the company, particularly due to its smaller IT team and resources.


Finally, Steelite took a further step and sought to implement a managed detection and response (MDR) service to bolster its in-house team’s ability to detect and respond to cyber threats.


The team tested out various options before settling on WithSecureTM Countercept MDR, moving on from its previous use of Rapid Detection and Response.


Andrew adds: “Countercept’s performance was excellent in our tests and it was also an attractive option because it’s a very lightweight, largely cloud-based offering. The ability to consolidate this with our other WithSecureTM solutions sealed the deal.”


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