EnSilo’s endpoint security platform protected Red Bull from the WannaCry ransomware attack last year — and helps Jimmy Heschl, the energy drink maker’s head of digital security, sleep at night.
“Always the key metric is good sleep-ablity, so I can sleep better,” he said. “And malware, that’s really a pain point, and something you have to learn to live with. Now we don’t have to anymore.”
The company uses security products from upwards of 50 vendors, Heschl said. “I don’t believe in using only one security vendor.”
Still, when Red Bull started looking for an endpoint security product to protect its intellectual property and employees from spear phishing, ransomware and other attacks, it didn’t expect 4-year-old startup enSilo to end up on the short list.
“We didn’t believe it worked,” Heschl said, referring to enSilo’s claims that it could stop malware in real time. “We had more trust in the Palo Alto [Networks] and the FireEyes of the world, and a small startup appeared. My colleague did the comparisons. I didn’t think they really worked, but I said yes, I’ll put them on the list.”
The beverage company needed to protect about 15,000 endpoints with a security team of six people. The team compared 10 vendors and narrowed it down to enSilo and another security startup, Cylance.
Both vendors met Red Bull’s capability requirements, detecting 100 percent of malware on the endpoints. Heschl said enSilo’s unobtrusive, lightweight security agent was also a key selling point.
“No users should every recognize there is additional security software on their laptop, and it was absolutely in the background,” he said. “No negative performance issues, no annoying popups. We’re trying to do security as best we can but don’t intrude on the end users.”
Red Bull deployed the endpoint software a year ago. Its pre- and post-infection detection and remediation protected the company from the WannaCry worm, which infected more than 200,000 computers across 150 countries last year.
“Vulnerabilities are still going to be able to come in using new invasion techniques so we do a two-tiered protection,” Heschl said. “In the case of WannaCry, they came in but they couldn’t unlock the box, which means Red Bull was not affected by WannaCry.”
In addition to its anti-malware capabilities, the product also protects the company’s email gateways and finds unwanted applications, Heschl said: “We simply remove it using enSilo technology, which was never in the scope of the whole initiative.”