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How One Company Improved Security Significantly–Without Increasing Staff

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Quanta Services security was overwhelmed with data from different security tools and telemetry solutions. How it managed this deluge, improved security, and increased efficiency without increasing manpower.

Quanta Services is the leading specialty contractor with the largest and highly-skilled trained workforce in North America. It provides fully-integrated solutions for the electric power

pipeline industrial and telecommunications industries the company’s geographic footprint which includes North America Latin America and Australia.

It’s network of companies ensures world-class execution with local delivery and has over 40,000 employees.

“The exciting thing about Backstory is it allows us to land massive amounts of data from all of our different security tools and then Chronicle worries about how to correlate and aggregate this information for us. We can then focus on the highest priority threats.”

Richard Breaux, Manager Security Operations Quanta Services

Because Quanta Services’ customers provide energy and telecommunications to their customers, they have world-class cybersecurity requirements.

“We must ensure that Quanta leads the industry given the fact that our business is building the core infrastructure that powers people’s lives. It’s crucial that we meet their cybersecurity requirements,” says James Stinson, VP-IT, Quanta Services.

To support this goal Quanta implemented a number of security tools that generate terabytes of security telemetry. Over time, however, these systems generated an information overload for the company’s limited pool of qualified security resources.

“Our logging tools also couldn’t keep up with the rapidly growing information. With limited resources we need to focus our security analysts time on high quality work instead of digging through mountains of data,” says Stinson.

They achieve this by implementing Backstory and Chronicle, which is on Google Cloud.

“The exciting thing about Backstory is it allows us to land massive amounts of data from all of our different security tools and then Chronicle worries about how to correlate and aggregate this information for us. We can then focus on the highest priority threats,” says Richard Breaux, Manager Security Operations Quanta Services.

As a result, the company’s security  team spends less time getting to the core information they need to address these incidents.

“What used to take us 15 minutes or more, we can now accomplish in seconds,” says Breaux.

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