Previously, CoGC had multiple security systems running across different parts of the organization. “We lacked visibility across multiple environments, and we needed a solution that could consolidate and accommodate multiple environment types — from industrial control systems to traditional IT systems. It was important for us to be able to monitor different threat profiles and priorities across different environments on one holistic platform,” says Matthew Walker, information technology security advisor, CoGC.
CoGC’s deployment of Splunk Cloud and Splunk ES, part of the solution delivered by service provider Enosys, arrived on the back of a longer-term need to address cybersecurity for CoGC. The added impetus of the 2018 Commonwealth Games — an international multisport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations, an association of 71 members — and a heightened threat profile meant that there was some urgency in acquiring the capability to detect and respond to security threats.
Ensuring the safety of thousands of people is one of the key challenges faced by any host of a major sporting event, and CoGC needed to work with local, state, and federal partners to mitigate cyber risks and keep event attendees and the local community safe. Major sporting events are a prime target for cybercrime due to worldwide attention and visibility, so it was vital to manage the risk of a cyberattack. Moreover, any disruption to critical infrastructure for the Games, such as power and water supply, would harm the success of the event and cause significant reputational damage to the organizers and CoGC.
In deploying Splunk solutions, CoGC established a core cybersecurity operations capability that would meet its current and future needs, beyond the Games.