Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)

Gains improved visibility and centralised management for its endpoints

Overview

Established in 1964, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) is India’s largest power generation equipment manufacturer; founded and owned by the Government of India. As an integrated power plant equipment producer, BHEL is involved in the design, engineering, manufacturing, construction, testing, commissioning, and servicing of a wide range of products and services for core industrial sectors such power, transmission, industry, transportation (railways), renewable energy, oil and gas, water, and defence. BHEL delivers over 180 product offerings to meet the needs of these sectors.

The company has won top accolades at various national and international platforms, including “Top 25 Best Companies to Work for in India”, the Prime Minister’s “Shram Awards”, “Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskars”, and the “National Safety Award”. BHEL has also been recognised by the Honorable Prime Minister of India for contributions in skills development.

Challenges

BHEL has multiple units across several geographical locations in India and worldwide. However, BHEL lacked a unified security posture for its more than 23,000 endpoints and management servers—located across 35 locations—because each business unit managed its own IT procurement for endpoints. This distributed architecture made BHEL vulnerable to security threats. The organisation wanted to work with one security provider to consolidate its security posture with a centralised architecture to bring all endpoints and servers under a single umbrella with a unified cybersecurity operations centre (SOC) assurance level.

"Trend Micro’s Endpoint Security solution provides complete visibility at a centralised level, giving a unified level of cybersecurity awareness across BHEL."

Sandeep Kumar,
Dy. General Manager, BHEL

Why Trend Micro

BHEL issued a request for proposal (RFP) to determine the best and most cost-effective endpoint protection solution for the company’s desktops and servers. After exploring the offerings from several major security providers, BHEL chose Trend Micro to address their complex requirements. Prior to the consolidation, some of the BHEL units were already using Trend Micro solutions, so the organisation was familiar with their products’ capabilities.

Solution

Partnering with CMS IT Services Pvt. LTD, BHEL implemented the Trend Micro™ Endpoint Security solution in phases. With Endpoint Security, BHEL gained protection against advanced threats and attacks. Its unified, user-centric management provided multiple layers of interconnected security—all managed from a single console. The standardised and customisable reports provided a complete picture of threats across multiple vectors, enabling the organisation to gain complete visibility across all locations and units. The solution also provided advanced anti-malware techniques, enabling data security for every device.

In addition, Trend Micro has been identified as an endpoint protection leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms since 2002, is a leader in the IDC MarketScape, and was recognised for the “most effective recommended breach detection system” for two years running by NSS Labs.

BHEL gained a strengthened security environment with Trend Micro™ OfficeScan™, which enabled anti-malware and advanced threat protection. OfficeScan eliminates security gaps across user activities and endpoints by leveraging high-fidelity machine learning into a blend of threat protection techniques that constantly learn, adapt, and automatically share threat intelligence across environments.

Trend Micro Control Manager™ provided centralised, user-based security management, which created a holistic view of the company’s security posture. The visual timelines provided patterns of threat activities for users across their devices and within organisational groups, enabling consistent policy enforcement to protect data and manage threats across multiple security layers.

Results

The successful deployment of Trend Micro’s Endpoint Security solution provided BHEL with significant benefits, including protecting the company’s geographically distributed endpoints and servers under a single umbrella. The consolidation across 35 locations also resulted in reducing the number of management servers to six. In addition, Trend Micro’s centralised, user-based security management dashboard enabled BHEL to gain complete visibility of all endpoints and servers across various geographical locations.

“Trend Micro’s Endpoint Security solution provides complete visibility at a centralised level, giving a unified level of cybersecurity awareness across BHEL,” said Sandeep Kumar, Dy. General Manager at BHEL

Consolidating endpoint security across all units resulted in substantial cost savings and optimisation of IT resources and provided centralised control over every endpoint in BHEL’s network. With Trend Micro’s state-of-the-art anti-malware techniques, BHEL gained multiple layers of threat protection and data security for its endpoints and servers. Integrating Trend Micro Control Manager into BHEL’s cyber-SOC resulted in greater visibility of the endpoints and servers located across all locations.

What's next 

With new threats emerging daily, BHEL’s IT security team constantly reviews its security requirements to ensure its distributed environment remains protected. With a unified view of its entire threat landscape, the company has a better understanding of how to keep its users and environment protected from the next generation of advanced attacks.