Ipragaz

Increases its IT infrastructure efficiency with Deep Security

Overview

Ipragaz, referred to as the “Blue Giant” of the Turkish energy industry, is the leader of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) sector in the country. With over 50 years of experience and many first-ever achievements, Ipragaz established the LPG industry in Turkey and is one of the country’s largest companies. Since 1961, the energy giant has made significant contributions to the Turkish economy and has created several jobs.

Ipragaz opened its first official gas station in 1996 and has operated in the autogas sector for private and commercial automobiles ever since. With its group of companies, it continues to provide services for about 1,200 gas stations in Turkey.

At the end of 2004, Ipragaz initiated LNG (liquefied natural gas) operations and continues to serve its customers throughout Turkey today.

The brand Ipragaz Elektrik started on September 1, 2012, when Ipragaz started selling electricity wholesale, providing services to free consumers throughout Turkey.

Due to its long-standing history in Turkey, Ipragaz has many first-ever achievements, and in 2013 they entered the fuel industry under the brand GO.

With a strong focus on service quality, Ipragaz ensures all its products bear the company trademark, indicating that the products have been produced in compliance with national and international standards and with the best technology. The products presented for consumers for storage of LPG are supplied to consumers who have insurance coverage.

Ipragaz continues to provide services throughout Turkey with its 4,000 agencies, approximately 1,000 staff members, and its indirect creation of 20,000 jobs.

Challenges

Since 2013, Ipragaz has depended on the Trend Micro Deep Security solution to secure its servers. Sener Sargın, Ipragaz Operations Support Manager, said that everyone at Ipragaz collaborates with IT as one team, underlining that security is a critical issue in the energy industry. “We’re definitely expected to act energetically. Now all systems are online. Today, even the largest companies’ confidential information can be stolen. At this point, we need reliable solutions in the energy industry, too.”

"We looked for solutions that supported different platforms, could accelerate us, and make a difference. We found Deep Security was the answer in this search."

Sener Sargın
Operations Support Manager, Ipragaz

Sargın continued, “Until recently, when it came to security the first thing that came to mind was anti-virus software and firewalls. Firewalls have become diversified, and now they have many abilities. IPSs are used extensively. Besides, auxiliary security products have been introduced and nobody confines themselves to only one company, or a single security solution. Therefore, we looked for solutions that supported different platforms, could accelerate us, and make a difference. We found Deep Security was the answer in this search.”

Solution

Ipragaz now has an integrated solution for server virtualization due to its transition to Deep Security. “When we saw Trend Micro products we realized that an anti-virus software only runs on servers and monitors servers. Sometimes this software may not be compatible with every version. One of our main concerns was that huge problems would arise in relation with system performance. We could do something on one machine but not on another one. They were controlled by a console, but not actively, which prevented us from doing quick interventions. We now have an integrated solution, due to our transition to Deep Security. Now we manage a single product from a single window, so we manage security levels for all servers from one point,” said Sargın.

"We now have an integrated solution, due to our transition to Deep Security. Now we manage a single product from a single window, so we manage security levels for all servers from one point."

Sener Sargın
Operations Support Manager, Ipragaz

Deep Security highly facilitates their security management and indicated that it has provided Ipragaz with convenience. Setup and implementation of Deep Security was completed faster than expected. “Transition was swift for us. Following the transition, we achieved swift management, higher server performance, quick evaluation of servers, quick activation of policies and results—all of which we aimed for before. Consequently, efficiency has exceeded our expectations.”

Results

Sargın indicated that his company went through a renewal in the last couple of months thanks to the conveniences brought by Deep Security. “We employed one product to determine any possible security vulnerabilities, but this became insufficient. Now, we capture them with two or three different products, and immediately distribute the vulnerabilities between them, therefore increasing the system security a level higher. Deep Security provides us with another plus, it improves the general system security,” said Sargın.

Ipragaz operated more productively following its transition to Deep Security. “We didn’t hire new staff, but productivity definitely increased. Previously, we may have failed to notice some vulnerabilities while managing security products. In time, it became evident that even the smallest issues were important. At this point, it is critical for us to have multiple products that are easy to manage in the system. It provides a huge benefit. We can control our system with less effort, while being more productive.”

"Transition was swift for us. Following the transition, we achieved swift management, higher server performance, quick evaluation of servers, quick activation of policies and results—all of which we aimed for before. Consequently, efficiency has exceeded our expectations."

Sener Sargın
Operations Support Manager, Ipragaz

Sargın predicts that 2016 will be more intensive in terms of security both in Turkey and worldwide. Ipragaz is happy to have moved its security systems to a more secure level and Sargın added the company will continue to monitor its applications and work on them.