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Kainos Enhances Data Security with CyberArk Endpoint Privilege Manager

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Technology Category
  • Application Infrastructure & Middleware - Event-Driven Application
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy - Endpoint Security
Applicable Industries
  • Education
  • National Security & Defense
Use Cases
  • Cybersecurity
  • Tamper Detection
  • Cybersecurity Services
  • Training
About The Customer
Kainos is a UK-based digital technology company that operates globally with a team of over 3,000 people across 22 countries. The company aims to transform the way people work by helping customers solve their biggest challenges and perform at their peak. Kainos operates through three divisions – Digital Services, Workday Services, and Workday Products – and works with clients across healthcare, commercial, and the public sector. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange (KNOS).
The Challenge
Kainos, a UK-based digital technology company, faced a significant challenge in securing sensitive data across its global workforce. With over 3,000 employees in 22 countries, the company had to ensure secure remote work and client location operations. The company's employees had the freedom to choose, download, and install applications, which, while convenient, posed a security risk. An audit revealed that there were 50,000 different applications in use globally. The company also faced constant threats like phishing, fake Office 365 password reset scams, and LinkedIn targeting for new starters. The challenge was to enhance security without hindering the work of different user groups, including developers, business staff, and senior executives, who required varying access rights.
The Solution
To address these challenges, Kainos implemented CyberArk Endpoint Privilege Manager across all 4,000 endpoints. This solution was chosen for its ability to control local admin rights and apply just-in-time admin access quickly and easily. It also offered policy flexibility and a role-specific least privilege framework, which was crucial given the diverse user groups within Kainos. CyberArk's intuitive interface allowed for easy blocking and allowing of applications. The deployment was primarily done in-house, with some support from CyberArk Consulting Services and consultancy from CyberArk business partner Truststream. The solution was integrated into the company's existing IT environment, which predominantly consisted of Windows and Azure with Office 365, and AWS for customer-facing projects. CyberArk was compatible with both Windows and Apple devices, which made up 40% and 60% of the endpoints, respectively.
Operational Impact
  • The implementation of CyberArk Endpoint Privilege Manager has significantly improved Kainos' cybersecurity stance. The solution has increased visibility of applications, allowing the company to know exactly which applications are running on each laptop. It has also enabled the company to solve common problems quickly and easily, maximizing limited security resources. For instance, when a user requests to run an application with elevated privileges, the application can be quickly verified and access granted for one-time elevation or regular use. The solution has also eased the introduction of new security rules, making privilege elevation almost transparent to the end user. This has resulted in improved user experience and increased customer confidence in Kainos' data security.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Controlled local admin rights across 4,000 Windows and Apple laptops
  • Managed 50,000 different applications in use globally
  • Reduced cybersecurity insurance costs due to lower risk

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