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UK lottery operator keeps eye on cyber threats

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UK National Lottery operator Camelot has bolstered its cyber defences in response to an increase in targeted attacks on high-profile organisations.  

Camelot has added the FireEye Web Malware Protection System (MPS) to its existing multi-layered security defences. The move followed senior management's re-evaluation of Camelot's cyber defences.

Paul Jay, head of security and information, was tasked with ensuring Camelot's network – which is connected to more than 29,000 retail outlets – was resilient to the new breed of advanced targeted attacks.

After rigorous proof-of-concept testing, the FireEye Web MPS appliances were installed in Q4 of 2011 and customised to Camelot’s IT environment.

“FireEye adds another weapon to our armoury of multi-layered security solutions and offers reassurance and insurance against the new breed of advanced persistent threats," said Jay.

The MPS is vital in collating, informing, reporting and managing threats in compliance with the processes required to meet internal and external regulations set down by the National Lottery Commission, Jay said.

Camelot is working at the forefront of the European Lottery Security Federation to create a blueprint for other lotteries worldwide.

Paul Davis, director for Europe at FireEye, said it was good to have such a high-profile organisation acknowledge the importance of proactively protecting themselves against the new breed of targeted attacks.

"Hopefully, it will encourage other organisations to take similar steps to protect both their own data and their customers’ data in a responsible manner," he said.


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