CEITEC S.A.

Gains Connected Threat Defence for greater visibility and real-time protection

Overview

Founded in 2008, CEITEC S.A. (National Centre for Advanced Electronics Technology) is a Brazilian public company linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI). CEITEC develops solutions for automatic identification (RFID and smartcards) and designs, manufactures, and sells application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) aimed at identifying animals, medications, blood products, people and vehicles. Based in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, CEITEC performs a strategic role in the Brazilian microelectronics industry.

As one of a few companies in the world certified to manufacture RFID chips for passports, maintaining the highest level of IT security is paramount for CEITEC. The company’s passport chip recently received Common Criteria Certification after rigorous assessment of CEITEC’s protection against cyberattacks. “Security is at the heart of everything we do. Our customers have to trust that we can protect their identification. We simply can’t afford to blemish our reputation,” said Ireneo Demanarig, Chief Information Officer, CEITEC S.A.

"Security must be at the core of our company. Trend Micro not only provides the best security solutions, but they are a great partner that makes our lives easier."

Ireneo Demanarig,
Chief Information Officer, CEITEC S.A.

 

Challenges

Maintaining top-level security in a constantly changing threat environment is no easy task, especially with limited IT resources. For CEITEC, this meant securing its data centre, client information, intellectual property, and SCADA environment that interfaces with its manufacturing processes.

With security solutions from several vendors, CEITEC had to monitor the effectiveness of each product and share information. “In today’s environment, it’s no longer enough to protect the north-south traffic coming in and going out of the data centre. We also have to ensure that east-west traffic within the data centre is also safe from exploits,” said Demanarig.

CEITEC was also impacted by poor technical support from some of its security vendors. What the company needed was a security vendor that could help them obtain connected security from a single console and allow them to fully optimise all their security solutions.

"If we hadn’t found the command and control malware in our SCADA environment, toxic gases could have been released and put human lives in danger."

Ireneo Demanarig,
Chief Information Officer, CEITEC S.A.

 

Why Trend Micro

Demanarig had worked with Trend Micro solutions in a past position, so he was aware of the company’s reputation for connected threat defence and great support. When Trend Micro purchased TippingPoint and began working with CEITEC in 2016, it was a welcome change for Demanarig and his team. “When Trend Micro purchased TippingPoint, it was a night and day difference. From that time on, we received product updates and a great deal of expert support,” said Demanarig.

To gain the needed visibility across its IT environment, CEITEC conducted proof of concepts (PoCs) with several leading vendors before choosing Trend Micro™ Deep Discovery™. “The other solutions couldn’t compare with Deep Discovery’s ease of use and granular visibility. Trend Micro also offered a true partnership that gave us the service and support we were looking for,” said Demanarig.

"With Deep Discovery, we can get right to the root cause of an issue. The solution is integrated, so threat information is shared with other products to prevent attacks."

Ireneo Demanarig,
Chief Information Officer, CEITEC S.A.

 

Solution

With Trend Micro™ TippingPoint®, CEITEC gains real-time detection, enforcement, and remediation of known, unknown, and undisclosed vulnerabilities without compromising performance. When Trend Micro conducted a TippingPoint health check, they found the solution had detected attacks that the security products from other security vendors were unable to identify.

To get an additional layer of protection against targeted attacks, CEITEC selected Trend Micro™ Deep Discovery™ Inspector and Trend Micro Deep Discovery Analyser. “With Deep Discovery, we can get right to the root cause of an issue,” said Demanarig. “The solution is integrated, so threat information is shared with other Trend Micro solutions, including TippingPoint, and third party products to prevent attacks.“

With Trend Micro™ Control Manager™, CEITEC can see all the security reporting on one console, allowing them to gain maximum awareness with minimal staff. “The combination of TippingPoint, Deep Discovery, and Control Manager provide a connected threat defence with greater visibility and protection across our threat landscape, and efficient, centralised management,” said Demanarig.

"The combination of TippingPoint, Deep Discovery, and Control Manager provide a connected threat defence with greater visibility and protection across our threat landscape, and efficient, centralised management."

Ireneo Demanarig,
Chief Information Officer, CEITEC S.A.

 

Results

The increased visibility provided by Trend Micro was quickly put to the test. When ransomware hit several municipalities in Brazil, CEITEC was well protected. Trend Micro™ TippingPoint™ stopped the WannaCry ransomware, and when suspicious traffic was detected in their SCADA environment, Trend Micro™ Deep Discovery™ identified the issue before any damage was done. “Trend Micro Network Security saves lives. If we hadn’t found the command and control malware in our SCADA environment, toxic gases could have been released and put human lives in danger,” said Demanarig. “Deep Discovery has also helped protect IoT assets in our production line.”

Thanks to Trend Micro network security solutions, CEITEC now has the visibility and automated alerts they need to spot threats their previous solutions failed to detect. Their integrated security solutions have simplified protection and improved the team’s productivity. Demanarig says, “Security must be at the core of our company. Trend Micro not only provides the best security solutions, but they are a great partner that makes our lives easier.”

What's Next

Looking ahead, CEITEC plans to utilise other Trend Micro solutions to further enhance its end-to-end security. “We’re upgrading to a newer version of Trend Micro TippingPoint and protecting our virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with Trend Micro Deep Security,” said Demanarig.