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Safeguarding personal data and
intellectual property across UC system
Detecting and investigating cyberattacks with FireEye's Managed Defense

T

he University of California
system includes more than
280,000 students and more
than 227,000 faculty and staff across
10 campuses and five medical
centers. Monte Ratzlaff, cyber risk
program director at the UC Office
of the President, coordinates and
facilitates the safeguarding of
personally identifiable information
and intellectual property. After a
cyberattack at UCLA Health in May
2015, UC sought a systemwide
solution to secure its network, email
and endpoints against cyberthreats.
"We had to have visibility into all of
our locations," Ratzlaff says. "There was
a need for consistent and coordinated
threat detection and identification."
Taking a 'holistic approach'
A request for proposal process, which
was originally started by one UC
institution and expanded after the
UCLA Health incident, led to the
selection of FireEye, says Ratzlaff.
"They have a holistic approach
to identifying cybersecurity threats,"
Ratzlaff says of FireEye. "They could
address our requirements in a way
that other vendors could not."
FireEye offers a range of solutions,
including Managed Defense. This
provides rapid-threat containment via
integrated detection and response
capabilities to quickly investigate
and resolve cyberattacks and contain
endpoints to expedite responses. Also,
by integrating with an institution's
existing security infrastructure and
offering additional automation,
FireEye's Managed Defense extends
the reach of information security
teams in a cost-effective manner.

"We had to have visibility into all of our locations.
There was a need for consistent and coordinated
threat detection and identification."
Managing budgetary concerns
The UC system began its work with
FireEye with a determination of
baseline standards security.
"We communicated with our location
security experts and chief information
security officers about what FireEye was
and what the approach was going to
be," Ratzlaff says. "We determined what
needed to be deployed at each location
as a baseline."
Deployment and implementation
of baseline components were funded
directly by the Office of the President,
which managed budgetary concerns
from individual campuses and health
centers. Once FireEye's baseline security
defenses were deployed, locations
could add on additional features.
'Faster detections,
more reliable alerts'
In 2018, Managed Defense generated

50,000 alerts out of more than 20
billion events, including alerts related
to malware and ransomware that
required intervention.
Ratzlaff says it would be a
challenge to have staff at every
location consistently identifying
threats. FireEye's Managed Defense
mitigates the need for more
personnel.
"We get faster detections and
more reliable alerts, especially in
comparison to a stand-alone model,
where locations have individual
expertise and some tools but not the
coordinated and consistent approach
to threat detection that FireEye
provides," Ratzlaff says.
He continues, "The biggest ROI
is the ability to consistently identify
threats immediately, as opposed to
threats lingering or not detecting
them at all."

For more information, please visit fireeye.com/solutions/education.html


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