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Andretti Autosport Achieves Enhanced Security Operations With Rook Security Managed Threat Response Services

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Rook Security, an advanced managed security services provider (MSSP) that anticipates, manages, and eliminates threats, is pleased to announce the ongoing success of its security operations relationship with Andretti Autosport, as they prepare to compete in the historic 100th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race on Sunday, May 29.

The relationship between the two organizations was first announced last May, when the legendary auto racing team turned to Rook Security to protect its data at the racetrack and in company offices. It is the first known relationship of its kind, in motorsport, where proprietary technology and services from an MSSP is trusted to run in such a mission critical environment.

“We have been finding it very easy to manage our processes and work in tandem with Rook Security from the moment we got started,” said Daniel Peebles, Manager of Information Technology, Andretti Autosport. “Collaborative efforts that are securing the environment are what really give us the ability to focus on critical issues and be preventative at the same time – other than simply being reactive – which was the case prior to our engagement with Rook Security.”

Rook Security deployed several proprietary solutions to suit the needs and requirements of Andretti Autosport. The flexibility of Rook Security's Managed Threat Response (MTR) platform has allowed Andretti Autosport to tailor it to its current maturity level by integrating with existing technologies. The correlation and intelligence engine behind the MTR works by first normalizing nearly any incoming data stream and then identifying malicious behavior. The Anomaly Detection System (ADS) analyzes both the heuristic behavioral patterns of the hosts within Andretti's environment and uses the latest signature based detection methods. This allows for malicious, aggressive, and anomalous network activity to be identified, even if there is not an accompanying signature yet released for that attack.

Rook Security feels that one success driver of the relationship with Andretti Autosport thus far can best be described by one of Gartner’s market recommendations in the recent report published on May 10, 2016 “Market Guide for Managed Detection and Response Services”:

“Don’t go it alone when implementing a SOC (security operations center) capability. Look to an MDR service provider as a partner who can augment your SOC. This allows you to quickly implement mature threat detection and response capabilities rather than having to build from scratch. This can mean a SOC is operating at a greater maturity level in several months rather than several years.” Rook Security, one of twelve service providers, was recognized as a Representative Vendor in the report.

“Gone are the days when small businesses just roll the dice where they may go unnoticed or have a low IT implementation,” stated Peebles. “As we continue to grow in our footprint for intellectual property, so do the means to be able to protect it. The Rook Security MTR platform touches the entire footprint of our IT infrastructure including our on-track environment and our traveling trucks that go with the team to each event. Having another set of eyes outside of my team at Andretti, looking at issues, and having that comfort backing us where we can pick up a phone if there is a threat and immediately add a team of dedicated experts from Rook Security if there is an issue, and ultimately resolving that issue, is invaluable.”

The MTR platform has exceptional flexibility in its ability to ingest data from the network through the application layers. By scaling horizontally, it can accommodate the data retention requirements of any sized environment while maintaining responsive searching and reporting. The unification and orchestration of each security facet from within an organization’s environment allows the Rook Security Operations Center to rapidly identify, triage, respond, and remediate threats.

“Instead of requiring a monolithic security software solution, MTR integrates with existing firewalls, SIEMs, and other tools to provide a unified view into the security posture of our client's environment,” said Michael Taylor, Lead Project Manager, Rook Security. “This flexibility allows clients to continue to use solutions that they are satisfied with, while augmenting their system with Rook Security's solutions.”

Peebles concludes, “We looked at the Microsoft set up, and also Dell security solutions. While those are decent products, we wound up partnering with Rook Security, as it really was the best way for us to operate and get the effective solution that we wanted while also mitigating costs. Budget aside, Rook Security’s overall approach, philosophy, and demonstrable fit to secure our data and prevent internal and external threats effectively and efficiently were the determining factors in choosing to go with them over the others.”

Watch Andretti Autosport as it competes in the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, which will broadcast live on ABC beginning at 11 a.m. ET, on May 29.

About Andretti Autosport

Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport boasts a wide racing portfolio rooted in tradition and designed for success. Together with Andretti Formula E and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the IndyCar Series and Indy Lights, along with entries in the FIA Formula E Championship and Global Rallycross. The company boasts four IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007, 2012), two Indy Lights titles (2008, 2009), one Pro Mazda championship (2013) and one USF2000 championship (2010) and has captured victory at the famed Indianapolis 500 three times (2005, 2007, 2014). To share in the Andretti story, please visit online at or and follow along on Twitter via @FollowAndretti and @AndrettiFE.

About Rook Security

Rook Security is an advanced managed security services provider (MSSP) that anticipates, manages, and eliminates threats. With an elite arsenal of people, processes and technologies, Rook Security maintains a persistent emphasis on outcome-focused security delivered through a unique nexus of Company-proprietary software and highly differentiated cyber advisory services. Rook Security delivers the entire life cycle of information security solutions, from initial assessment and road-mapping to monitoring, to intelligence, managed security services (MSS), managed threat response (MTR), and orchestration, including global cyber Security Operations Center (SOC) management. Rook Security’s track record of custom enterprise integration ensures optimization of investments in both Company software and third party tools. Rook Security’s best in class solutions are delivered via a hybrid Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. For more information, join us on Twitter @RookSecurity, Facebook, or

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