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How the National Theatre protects its scripts and stars from cyber attacks

Tom Macaulay | Aug. 11, 2017
The arts venue uses Forcepoint Cloud Security to protect millions of customers and 1,200 staff members around the world.


Why Forcepoint?

Tunnicliffe opted for Forcepoint after deeming the legacy cybersecurity product he inherited as inadequate. It could only be deployed on-premise, which created a single point of failure on the network, and was complicated to maintain and update.

"Forcepoint [won] hands down because its platform-as-a-service offering really stood out to us," says Tunnicliffe.

Forcepoint is installed on the National Theatre servers and on every device, laptop, and work station it hands out. It gives every user the same level of security as they would get inside the office and allows Tunicliffe's IT team of 12 the ability to understand and track when and where staff are moving information on the internet.

"One of the crucial things is that it's invisible to them," he says. "It's always on, so they don't need to worry about logging into a VPN and putting it on to make sure they're safe. They can just get on with their work and know that the information on their laptop is going to the right place."

Forcepoint automatically stops dangerous activities on compromised websites such as uploading information, and provides notification that it's happening, flagging any unusual activity or high-risk behaviour.


Preparing for GDPR

The impending GDPR deadline of May 2018 has provided the National Theatre with the opportunity to restructure their information usage and review their data practices.

Forcepoint prevents advanced threats that use sophisticated detection evasion techniques from stealing sensitive data. Information is tracked as it moves and early visibility of data incidents and advanced warnings of possible compromises are displayed on a screen in the office.

The IT team can then contact the individual and department involved to find out the implications on data protection and GDPR compliance.

"What Forcepoint allows us to do is understand where our information is flowing to and what kind of information is on there," says Tunnicliffe.



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