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Network Utilities (Systems) Ltd

XDR - Extended Detection & Response - Log Security Monitoring (includes O365 monitoring)

Managed security product that collects, aggregates, and normalises log data from hundreds of sources for AI enabled analysis using Barracuda Network’s analytics platform, SIEM, threat intelligence, and 24/7 365 Security Operations Centre. Identifies threat like behaviour in your systems such as impossible logins, multi-factor bypass, coordinated attacks, and rogue agents.

Features

  • Logs are ingested into SKOUT SIEM for analysis
  • Correlates millions of data points looking for anomalies across systems
  • Data passing through SKOUT SIEM enriched by AI Analytics Engine
  • Seamless log integration with 100's of products
  • Underpinned by a 24/7/365 Security Operations Centre
  • Breach remediation services
  • Extensive reporting capabilities
  • Remediation advice

Benefits

  • Continuous monitoring of your network 24/7/365
  • Centralised visibility
  • Reduced threat of ransomware attacks and breaches
  • Low number of false positives due to robust review process
  • Identify security threats early on
  • Guidance on how to remediate against a threat
  • Detailed reporting highlights potential weaknesses
  • Satisfies Compliance for frameworks and standards

Pricing

£16.43 a user a month

  • Education pricing available
  • Free trial available

Service documents

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Framework

G-Cloud 13

Service ID

1 6 4 1 4 4 9 9 7 3 2 8 3 9 2

Contact

Network Utilities (Systems) Ltd David Bundock
Telephone: 02087833800
Email: frameworks@netutils.com

Service scope

Software add-on or extension
Yes, but can also be used as a standalone service
What software services is the service an extension to
Barracuda O365 Monitoring and Barracuda Network Monitoring.
Cloud deployment model
Public cloud
Service constraints
None
System requirements
  • Local site collector (virtual appliance)
  • Can be deployed as a physical appliance

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
Email and online ticketing is responded to within 4 hours Monday-Friday, no response over the weekend. Urgent matters over the weekend should be raised via the phone number provided.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Yes
Online ticketing support accessibility
None or don’t know
Phone support
Yes
Phone support availability
24 hours, 7 days a week
Web chat support
No
Onsite support
No
Support levels
We provide 24/7/365 support on all products and services we provide. Account Managers are aligned to all accounts acting as a single liaison point. At any point throughout the support process we are able to liaise directly with the vendor to escalate resolution of the issue. All support costs are included in the monthly or annual price service fee.
Support available to third parties
No

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
Implementation and onboarding is all included as part of our fully managed service. This will include training of administrators in the use of the service. Additional end user training can be purchased but is generally unnecessary.
Service documentation
Yes
Documentation formats
HTML
End-of-contract data extraction
There is no customer data held within the platform. An extraction of incidents / cases raised can be provided at the end of the contract.
End-of-contract process
The enablement team work with end clients to ensure a smooth offboarding in the event that a client decides to transition to another provider at the end of contract.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Yes
Supported browsers
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Opera
Application to install
No
Designed for use on mobile devices
Yes
Differences between the mobile and desktop service
No differences as long as the mobile device is configured to operate within the same security parameters as any other device on the network i.e. traffic is passed through a firewall and/or some form of device security is present on the device.
Service interface
Yes
User support accessibility
None or don’t know
Description of service interface
The dashboard to the XDR platform is web based and serves as both the configuration and reporting interface to the service. You can analyse data from your existing technology stack to give you optimal log and network visibility.
Accessibility standards
None or don’t know
Description of accessibility
The service is accessible to the network administrators via the reporting dashboard. There is no access available to the general user base. Alerts and notifications are raised via the support desk and communicated out to the appropriate authority within the customer.
Accessibility testing
No Applicable
API
Yes
What users can and can't do using the API
The API is setup to provide integration with existing systems. This is a one time setup undertaken by the customer administrator(s), with no additional access required by end users. The API provides rich data on log monitoring, tickets raised and responses.
API documentation
Yes
API documentation formats
Open API (also known as Swagger)
API sandbox or test environment
Yes
Customisation available
Yes
Description of customisation
The customer can work with the Security Operations Team to apply various customised rules and scenarios. The customisation of these rules is only done via authorised parties, working closely with the team to fine tune the service to gain optimum results.

Scaling

Independence of resources
Rigorous SLAs are in place to ensure service continuity, backed by a large team of cyber security analysts working 24/7 to review and remediate any identified threats. Our Cloud infrastructure also allows us to scale at will, providing protection against spikes in usage/demand.

Analytics

Service usage metrics
Yes
Metrics types
A variety of metric can be provided to give an overall view of the security of your network. Monitoring who is accessing devices and where they connect to, and alert when source or target is unknown or suspicious.

Use behavioural analysis to detect anomalous behaviour by users, indicating a compromise.
For example, logins at unusual hours or at unusual frequency.

Monitor activity by external vendors and partners who have access to organisational systems, in order to identify anomalous behaviour or escalation of privileges
Reporting types
  • API access
  • Real-time dashboards
  • Regular reports

Resellers

Supplier type
Reseller providing extra features and support
Organisation whose services are being resold
Barracuda Networks

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Other security clearance
Government security clearance
Up to Security Clearance (SC)

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Yes
Data storage and processing locations
  • United Kingdom
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Other locations
User control over data storage and processing locations
Yes
Datacentre security standards
Supplier-defined controls
Penetration testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Penetration testing approach
‘IT Health Check’ performed by a CHECK service provider
Protecting data at rest
  • Physical access control, complying with another standard
  • Encryption of all physical media
  • Other
Other data at rest protection approach
All data stored is continuously monitored by the Security Operations team, using cutting edge threat detection and response solutions.
Data sanitisation process
Yes
Data sanitisation type
Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
Equipment disposal approach
A third-party destruction service

Data importing and exporting

Data export approach
Reporting on incidents, cases and remediation is available via the portal. Cases raised can be exported to .csv.
Data export formats
CSV
Data import formats
Other
Other data import formats
Not applicable

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
TLS (version 1.2 or above)
Data protection within supplier network
TLS (version 1.2 or above)

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
Detect network intrusions, web application attacks, and data exfiltration attempts, and respond instantly with Network Security Monitoring. The product can serve as an integral part of any threat monitoring, incident response, and vulnerability management program, and helps meet requirements found in regulatory and industry compliance standards.

With robust SLAs (including a max response time of 30 minutes) and customised runbooks for each customer service availability and responses in line with SLAs is guaranteed.
Approach to resilience
Data centre resilience documentation is available by request, but the majority of service is operated across the public cloud infrastructure.
Outage reporting
In the unlikely event of any disruption to service this would be communicated via an email alert.

Identity and authentication

User authentication needed
Yes
User authentication
2-factor authentication
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
The user will authenticate by Email address - It is highly recommend that MFA is enabled on the account. This is supported and mandated through the management interface.
Access restriction testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
2-factor authentication

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
You control when users can access audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
Between 6 months and 12 months
Access to supplier activity audit information
You control when users can access audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for
Between 6 months and 12 months
How long system logs are stored for
Between 6 months and 12 months

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
Yes
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001
QMS International
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date
08/04/2013
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover
All areas of information security are covered in the ISO27001, the Information Security Manual can be provided for review if necessary.
ISO 28000:2007 certification
No
CSA STAR certification
No
PCI certification
No
Cyber essentials
Yes
Cyber essentials plus
Yes
Other security certifications
No

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Yes
Security governance certified
Yes
Security governance standards
ISO/IEC 27001
Information security policies and processes
All policies are in line with ISO27001
Access control policy
Network access control policy
Anti-piracy policy
Backup policy
Data protection policy
Data security - storage
Data security - disposal
Data security - use of personal data
Data security - it security
Data breach notification policy
E-mail & internet acceptable usage policy
Laptop policy – security
Network systems monitoring policy
Password policy
Remote access and mobile computing policy
Usb memory sticks usage policy
Virus protection policy

Policies are formally reviewed at least twice a year with monthly information security management meetings held to review their ongoing suitability and staff adherence to. We record any non-conformances centrally in a register and address directly with staff.

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach
The organisation defines and maintains configuration and change management of the customers estate. Changes to systems are communicated to all stakeholders with any impactful changes requiring authority from the customer administrator. All changes are undertaken to ITIL standards with both the directly impacted resource and the wider estate tracked both during and post implementation. The change management process accommodates urgent changes, standard changes, and routinely occurring preapproved changes. The specific change process is made available via the service agreement.
Vulnerability management type
Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach
We operate a full 24/7/365 security operations centre which collects, aggregates, and normalises log data from hundreds of sources for AI enabled analysis using an analytics platform, SIEM, threat intelligence, and individuals. Our service identifies threat-like behaviour in your ours and our customers systems such as impossible logins, multi-factor bypass, coordinated attacks, and rogue agents. The service identifies unpatched and vulnerable services not identified by the 7 day patch and update cycle undertaken within the routine maintenance policy. We also operate a patch and asset management solution that automate patch identification and delivery.
Protective monitoring type
Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach
We operate a full 24/7/365 security operations centre which collects, aggregates, and normalises log data from hundreds of sources for AI enabled analysis using an analytics platform, SIEM, threat intelligence, and individuals. Our service identifies threat-like behaviour in your ours and our customers systems such as impossible logins, multi-factor bypass, coordinated attacks, and rogue agents. When an escalated incident requires remediation, our SOC experts are available to provide remediation assistance and advice identifying the threat and removing the risk. Our internal SLA is a maximum 30 minute response time for critical alerts.
Incident management type
Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach
The Security Operations Centre is in operation 24/7/365 underpinned by the 24 hour support desk, manned by experienced, accredited technical staff with access to vendor escalation if necessary. Any incidents are logged in our call management system and become part of our incident management process. Based on our priority/ response time/ escalation matrix and ensures that the correct resource is allocated to speedy technical resolution and timely, regular communication with all stakeholders.

The following steps are taken to any identified incident as part of the incident response runbook:
Preparation, Identification, Escalation, Containment, Eradication, Recovery

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Conforms to a recognised standard, but self-assessed

Public sector networks

Connection to public sector networks
No

Social Value

Fighting climate change

Fighting climate change

Network Utilities (Systems) Ltd Social Value & Environmental Policy outlines the company’s ongoing responsibility to the environment beyond legal and regulatory requirements.
The Company recognises and is committed to reducing its environmental impact and where possible will continually improve its environmental performance as an integral part of its business strategy and operating methods, with regular review points.

The company’s commitment during the next Two years
• Install two electric charging points for staff and visitor’s cars
• Replace engineer’s vans with electric vehicles
• Increase Data Centre temperatures to reduce air conditioning requirement, as technology allows higher temperatures
• Reduce internal Data Centre PUE rating by improved free air cooling and more efficient equipment
• Purchase Carbon Credits from the new scheme to off-set our Data Centre footprint
• Replacing any office & office kitchen appliances with high energy star only
• Switch energy supplier to one offering “Renewable Energy Tariff”
• Enhance and develop our employee health and wellbeing program
The company’s vision 2025/30 and beyond:
• Become Carbon Neutral Certified
• 100% of Network Utilities offices to be zero waste
• Optimise all water use including reclaiming, recycling, replenishment and treatment.
Covid-19 recovery

Covid-19 recovery

From the 1st of April, responsibility for managing COVID in the workplace became the responsibility of the company. Even though the legal obligation to self-isolate has ended, the company still has a legal duty to take ‘reasonable steps’ to protect the health and safety of all its employees and has to decide what approach to self-isolation will be. New guidance has yet to be released but it is expected that this will recommend that individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should stay at home and avoid contact with others.

Clinically vulnerable employees may be particularly anxious at this time, and the company has considered how best to meet its duty of care, bearing in mind that measures that may be sufficient to reduce the danger for most employees may not be adequate for others. This will continue to involve consideration of individual risks in relation to clinically vulnerable employees and/or those who live with clinically vulnerable people.

With this in mind the company have agreed the following:

All staff can change to hybrid working (home/office) for the foreseeable future in the hope to ease any concerns employees may have with Covid issues.

Any member of staff testing positive remain at home and “self-isolate” until testing negative

Any member of staff coming into contact with someone testing positive are not to come in to the office for 7-consecutive days
Tackling economic inequality

Tackling economic inequality

As an organisation we attempt to do everything we can to address the economic equalities in society. All our employees are paid significantly more than the living wage, with additional benefits such as flexible working and private healthcare included within an employees contract. We work with local educational establishments to provide work experience placements and apprenticeship schemes, enabling younger people entering the industry the opportunity to gain real world experience and opportunities.
Equal opportunity

Equal opportunity

Network Utilities (Systems) Ltd (the Company) is committed to achieving a working environment which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, pregnancy and maternity, marital or civil partnership status, gender reassignment, disability, religion or beliefs, age or sexual orientation. This Policy aims to remove unfair and discriminatory practices within the Company and to encourage full contribution from its diverse community. The Company is committed to actively opposing all forms of discrimination.
The Company also aims to provide a service that does not discriminate against its clients and customers in the means by which they can access the services and goods supplied by the Company. The Company believes that all employees and clients are entitled to be treated with respect and dignity.
Any and all personal data used in connection with this Policy shall be collected, held, and processed in accordance with the Company’s Data Protection Policy.
Objectives
• To prevent, reduce and stop all forms of unlawful discrimination in line with the Equality Act 2010.
• To provide genuine equality of opportunity for all employees and job applicants;
• To ensure that individuals are treated equally and fairly and do not receive less favourable treatment or financial reward through direct or indirect discrimination, harassment or victimisation;
• To encourage everyone to take an active role in combating all forms of harassment and discrimination.
Wellbeing

Wellbeing

The Company believes that its employees are its most valuable resource and that their wellbeing is vital to effective performance at work and the continued provision of high-quality services. To this end, the Company is committed to providing maintaining and promoting a healthy and supportive working environment.

Under the terms of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974,the Company has a duty to ensure the health and safety of its employees as far as is reasonably practical.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 place a duty on the Company to assess and control the degree of stress in the workplace.

The Equality Act 2010 places a duty on the Company not to discriminate against employees who suffer from a disability under the Act, which includes long term ill health caused by stress at work. Although the Company has no control over external or personal factors, it is committed to managing stress and risks within its control, and to providing support to employees who are suffering from stress.

Pricing

Price
£16.43 a user a month
Discount for educational organisations
Yes
Free trial available
Yes
Description of free trial
A free proof of concept can be setup to enable the full consumption of the service. This is normally provided for a 14 day period and includes the monitoring of a subsection of the customers network. Full remediation services are not provided as part of the trial.

Service documents

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