The Turkish word Eczacibasi translates as ‘chief pharmacist’– a title given to the group’s founder 80 years ago, in recognition of his efforts to improve health in his community. Today, Eczacibasi is one of Turkey’s leading industrial groups – comprising 46 companies, more than 12,000 employees, and US$1.08 billion in revenue (2021).
Core sectors range from construction, consumer goods, and healthcare, to technology, natural resources, and property development – all of which need protection from a wide range of advanced security threats.
One of Eczacibasi’s initial challenges was to ensure mobile users could connect safely to their internet, cloud, and data centre applications. For example, until recently, users in more than a dozen Eczacibasi sites were connected by POP location services to a data centre in Germany – a complex, inflexible, and risky process. “Users had access to the Web with limited controls. It was not so easy to tell who was accessing which site in detail,” says Omer Erdem, Cybersecurity Manager, Eczacibasi.
Eczacibasi is deploying digital technology at pace across its 12 European factories, and having found its operational technology (OT) to be in cyberattackers’ cross hairs more and more frequently, had to quickly secure the OT controlling industrial assets, processes, and events.
The challenges didn’t end there. The firewall platform used for web access at the Istanbul headquarters and remote offices was nearing end of support/life. “Old-fashioned network security solutions have limited application controls,” says Erdem. “It was not a next-generation firewall platform, so we had deployed another IPS solution to complete the picture. Although these two different solutions complemented each other, both brought some security and operational risks.”
So why choose Palo Alto Networks? Erdem explains: “Palo Alto Networks outperformed all the shortlisted vendors in almost many respects. It was better in terms of security features and functions. Top in terms of traffic throughput and operations. And of course, great references in so many analyst reports.”
Eczacibasi established that its enterprise-wide security modernisation program must:
Eczacibasi has deployed the connected Palo Alto Networks portfolio across clouds and networks to enable secure digital transformation. Visibility, trusted intelligence, and automation help this complex manufacturing organisation advance securely.
Eczacibasi benefits in many ways from this forward-thinking security strategy, which: