Layered security protects data
According to Chief Information Officer Chris Krebs, the key driver for selecting Microsoft was security—a responsibility that he rates as his “number one job” at Fruit of the Loom. His department introduced Microsoft Office 365 to Fruit of the Loom in 2013. With the move to Microsoft 365 E5, Fruit of the Loom continues its journey to protect the enterprise, while augmenting its digital workplace with enhanced collaboration, business intelligence, and anywhere, anytime access to the company’s intellectual property.
“As we see the security landscape evolving with more sophisticated attacks, we trust Microsoft to stay ahead of the latest threats to protect our network and our data,” says Krebs. “To ensure that mobility and productivity do not come with any risk to the safety of our data, we’re taking advantage of the multi-layered, cloud-based security services from within Office 365 E5 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.”
Today, Fruit of the Loom has the advanced data loss protection capabilities required to better protect its intellectual property, including products, styles, colors, pricing, and ad campaigns. “With the latest data loss prevention capabilities, we’ll build new policies to keep our information safe across legal, audit, and other departments,” says Raymond Kernea, Vice President of Information Security at Fruit of the Loom. “We are using e-discovery capabilities to complete a content management project that we are kicking off this year. We are also improving our zero-day threat and malware protection with Advanced Threat Protection, which provides an effective deterrent to phishing and malware through Safe Attachments and Safe Links.”
Kernea and his team also take advantage of identity and access management services within Enterprise Mobility + Security, available through Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium, to facilitate single sign-on for everyone in the organization. Multifactor authentication provides an extra layer of security for employees with elevated privileges within the company’s IT environment. And IT staffers have better control over securing the company’s mobile devices by using Microsoft Intune.
Fruit of the Loom worked with Microsoft partner, Netrix, to help prioritize and deploy the cloud-based security services. “Netrix helped us go from zero to 60 very quickly,” says Berry. “The team did a great job laying out a road map and deploying the services in a matter of weeks.”
To mitigate software and firmware threats, Fruit of the Loom is using security features built into Windows 10—constantly updated under the Windows as a service model—which helps IT to deliver a modern and secure technology experience for employees, with very little work required. “Windows as a service with Windows 10 helps us stay up-to-date with the latest security features to defend against modern attacks,” says Berry. “Now, we have the tools to discover, investigate, and contain attacks if they do reach our endpoints.”