PSB Industries is an international industrial group specializing in packaging for the luxury and beauty brand, Texen and health brand, Plastibell. The group, which achieved sales of €275.2 million in 2018, currently operates 15 industrial sites, 3 commercial sites, and 3 administrative sites across China, Poland, France, Mexico, and the US. To support growth following acquisitions in 2015 and 2016, PSB restructured itself by organizing the sale of its Agri-Food and Distribution division and the spinoff of its subsidiary, Baikowski.
This dynamic growth strategy, however, has made the IT environment more complex, as heterogeneous security layers were combined, leading to obsolescence and developmental challenges for PSB’s subsidiaries. With a complex IT perimeter organized in silos, composed of nearly a thousand workstations and 150 servers, the group’s IT environment presented high security risks. “It had become urgent to standardize IT on a global level and to rapidly operate our digital shift by activating different projects such as virtualization, network interconnection, centralization of applications with SAP and migration to Office 365”, explains Jean-Pierre Rouillere, IT Director Network Infrastructure and Group. “In terms of security, our group had to recreate robust conditions, while being ready for the compliance requirements required for our activities.”
Dealing with a security policy deemed too restrictive for users remained a main challenge for a group so dedicated to innovation as PSB. Management and shareholders found the need to quickly develop a unified policy to oversee their global IT environment.
Why Trend Micro
As PSB Industries was using the Trend Micro Apex One™ solution, turning to Trend Micro for an optimized security infrastructure seemed like a perfect fit for the group. Trend Micro’s suite of connected security solutions were very quick to implement, preventing data loss and protecting threats at the endpoint, web, and messaging level while offering flexible on-premises or cloud deployment. “What we liked about Trend Micro is the overall consistency that we found, both in terms of solutions, administration, deployment, and contacts. Today, we are protected end-to-end by Trend Micro solutions”, says Rouillere.
"What we liked about Trend Micro is the overall consistency that we found, both in terms of solutions, administration, deployment, and contacts. Today, we are protected end-to-end by TrendMicro solutions."
IT Director Network Infrastructure
and Group, PSB Industries
The functionality of virtual patching on SAP, integrated with Trend Micro™ Deep Security™ solution, was also a fundamental element in the group‘s selection process, freeing the IT team from the time-consuming task of applying emergency fixes. The connectivity of Trend Micro solutions and their ability to interface with cloud environments has enabled PSB to secure their Microsoft® Office 365® environments. Interfacing directly to Office 365 via APIs, Trend Micro™ Cloud App Security protects incoming and outgoing emails against advanced malware, while ensuring compliance with cloud file sharing services such as Microsoft® OneDrive®. Rather than using solutions separately and in isolation, Trend Micro‘s XGen™ security offers a set of cross-generational threat defense techniques, as well as an interconnected defense that effectively protects against undetected threats and other suspicious behavior. The idea is to use the right technique at the right time to optimize the detection rate while minimizing the impact on production. “If an unknown malware enters the network, the Trend Micro solution will isolate it, submit it to the sandbox and enrich the patterns before the editor is even informed. We gain a higher level of security here and it‘s very reassuring,” says Rouillere.
The administration console, Trend Micro Apex Central™, offers a single view PSB’s IT infrastructure (servers, workstations, networks, and mobile devices) and facilitates the operation of solutions to allow the group to focus on its job. “We previously had various security solutions all over the world, but very little time to verify them properly. Today, the 360-degree vision from which we benefit offers us much more anticipation in terms of risks. This saves operating time, while providing additional services ”, says Rouillere.
PSB Industries is also in the process of implementing Trend Micro solutions to secure its industrial equipment. “The level of awareness offered by market players in terms of industrial security is quite poor. The risks of tomorrow are also in this world, it is essential to prepare well”, says Rouillere. The incompatibility, absence of malware protection at industrial level, as well as the difficulty in applying best practices for traditional computing often leads to poor IIoT protection. Trend Micro portable security keys analyze, detect, and remove malware, strengthening the protection of the industrial PC fleet.
"If an unknown malware enters the network, the Trend Micro solution will isolate it, submit it to the sandbox and enrich the patterns before the editor is even informed. We gain a higher level of security here and it’s very reassuring."
IT Director Network Infrastructure
and Group, PSB Industries
One of the benefits PSB found while partnering with Trend Micro comes from the personalized support the group receives. “The quality of service from Trend Micro has been exemplary, we have real experts at our side, attentive and very committed to the security of our group“, says Rouillere. For the installation of the solutions, the transfer of skills, and training of the teams, PSB Industries was accompanied, from the advice of Trend Micro, by the Axicom Security, which provided PSB with highly qualified technical support without slowing down day-to-day operations.
By employing a user-based licensing model, PSB Industries was able to reduce the scope of attacks and focus on security events, thereby optimizing continuous defense processes. “In the digital world and particularly in our industry, it is important to reassure our customers about the security levels implemented. With Trend Micro, we have the means to properly supervise our systems, protect our data, and secure our entire infrastructure everywhere in the world. Today we are calm and ready for future threats in order to always serve better our customers.”, concludes Rouillere.