Coop Group installs AI cyber security tech

Coop Group, one of Switzerland’s largest retail and wholesale companies, has selected artificial intelligence technology from Vectra to protect the Swiss firm from cyber attacks.

The multi-year agreement means Coop will use Vectra’s Cognito AI threat hunting platform to increase cybersecurity operational efficiency.

With the retail industry being a significant target for cybercriminals, Coop decided that perimeter defences alone were insufficient to safeguard customer information, internal systems and point of sale systems.

As a result, Coop set out to find technology that would enable them to detect and respond to cyber attacks in real time and prevent or significantly mitigate the impact of a data breach.

Coop identified significant economic and security gains resulting from the introduction of AI security automation. After evaluating multiple solutions, it turned to Vectra and its Cognito AI platform to help protect them detect cyber attacks in real time and speed response by augmenting their security operations team.

Cognito detects both known and unknown threats through the analysis of malicious attacker behaviours, rather than simple signature profiling of exiting threats. It will augment the Coop cybersecurity analysts by rapidly detecting, triaging and correlating threats to uncover in-progress cyber attacks before they become critical security incidents.

Gerard Bauer, vice president of EMEA at Vectra, said: “Enterprises like Coop are under immense pressure to reduce the time to detect and respond to attacks. Security teams are overwhelmed with the manual task of triaging and correlating security events and struggle to fill open cybersecurity jobs.

“The Cognito AI platform automates threat hunting, triage and correlation for the Coop security team, and prioritises threats based on risk level so they can respond immediately.”

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