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Watkin Jones PLC

Strengthening Cyber Defences: Watkin Jones PLC Partners with Protos Networks for Secure Business Operations Read More

Key Outcomes

  • Enhanced Cybersecurity Posture – Watkin Jones PLC fortified its cyber security defences, reducing the risk of potential cyber threats and data breaches.
  • Proactive Threat Detection – Advanced threat detection tools empower the company to identify and neutralise threats before they can cause significant harm.
  • Timely Incident Response -The 24/7 monitoring and real-time response capabilities of Protos Networks enabled Watkin Jones PLC to respond swiftly to security incidents, minimising the impact on business operations.
  • Cost Savings – By outsourcing to Protos Networks, Watkin Jones PLC achieved cost savings compared to building an in-house SOC function, allowing the company to allocate resources more efficiently.
  • Compliance Assurance – Protos Networks’ expertise in compliance and reporting ensured that Watkin Jones PLC remained aligned with industry regulations, fostering trust with customers and stakeholders.

The Challenge

In today’s digital age, companies face increasingly sophisticated cyber threats that can compromise sensitive data and disrupt business operations. As a result, safeguarding against cyber attacks and maintaining business continuity is of utmost importance. Watkin Jones PLC, a leading property developer, has invested heavily in modernising its IT and security infrastructure. However, a lack of centralised security monitoring, detection and response still presented a gap in its overall posture.

Watkin Jones PLC recognised that building this function in-house would pose several challenges, including acquiring several security technologies, a lack of expertise and qualified staff, and the overall costs of setting up such a service. The company, therefore, went to the market to find an outsourced 24/7 Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service.

The Approach

After evaluating several security suppliers, Watkin Jones PLC chose Protos Networks as its outsourced SOC partner. We conducted an in-depth review of the company’s cyber security infrastructure and operations. Armed with this critical information, we crafted a bespoke design for our 24/7 Managed Detection and Response service, tailored to address the identified gaps and align with the company’s needs.

Our team implemented a centralised security monitoring solution to ingest log and telemetry data from Watkin Jones’ entire IT, network and cloud infrastructure. The solutions featured asset discovery, cloud intrusion detection, behavioural monitoring, security intelligence and event management (SIEM) and security compliance reporting. Our SOC was also able to fully integrate with the organisation’s existing Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) solution, allowing us to carry out swift remediation actions against endpoint threats.

Our service also featured the integration of cyber threat intelligence from a range of external sources and our own in-house cyber threat intelligence function. Our team also worked with Watkin Jones’ IT staff to draft incident response plans and a range of SOC playbooks. As an added value to our SOC service, our Cyber Essentials consultants also supported the organisation in achieving Cyber Essentials Plus certification.

The Results

By partnering with Protos Networks and leveraging our 24/7 managed SOC services, the company overcame key cyber security challenges, gaining access to expert analysts, advanced threat detection tools, continuous monitoring and incident response services.

This partnership empowered Watkin Jones PLC to focus on its core business while entrusting its cyber security to a reliable and capable managed security services provider. As cyber threats evolve, the collaboration with Protos Networks ensures that Watkin Jones PLC remains resilient and proactive in safeguarding its digital assets.

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