Bede Gaming deploys ZoneFox to protect IP, data, and employees

Firm will create long-term cyber strategy with ZoneFox’s intelligent machine-learning platform.


ZoneFox, the world-class security platform that combats the growing issue of insider threats, has announced that global online gaming and gambling software supplier Bede Gaming has deployed its platform in order to enhance how it protects its IP, data and employees.

Headquartered in Newcastle, Bede’s clients include Mecca Bingo, Pink Casino and betUK, as well as several international operators. The company processes hundreds of millions of transactions per month via its igaming platform. As the gambling and social gaming industries continue to digitise, the IP and technology that enables Bede’s platform to power operators online betting places has become more valuable.

A key part of Bede’s staff recruitment and retention strategy is that its 160-strong workforce is empowered to work from home or from other remote locations. At any one time, up to 20 employees can be working from a location outside of its headquarters and as such it is important that Bede protects data and employees when off the network without impeding staff productivity.

The company, therefore, wanted a cyber security solution that could be at the centre of a long-term strategy and empower it with the insights needed for a proactive and comprehensive cyber strategy.

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Jim Hooker, Information Security Officer, Bede Gaming commented: “Our customers trust us to look after their data and that of their own customers. What was becoming increasingly clear to us was that the old ways of cyber security are just not up to scratch in the modern day. Our clients rightly expect us to protect them from an ever evolving threat landscape. Trust is our currency and so it’s fundamentally important to us that we’re able to minimise risk across the business.”

“To do that, we needed to have more insight into our data and its direction of travel – i.e. is it where it should be. At Bede we don’t want to do the sufficient, we want to go above the needed and that’s where ZoneFox comes in. Not only does it give us the actionable intelligence we need on known threats, but it also enables us to cover unknown threats and mitigate the risk proactively. To be an innovator, you’ve got to use an innovative platform. We pride ourselves on not just being the best, but having the best partnerships that will drive forward both our business and that of our clients,” Hooker concluded.

The ZoneFox solution monitors user behaviour and data movement both on-and-off-network, alerting users to any malicious or anomalous behaviour. This is achieved through user and entity behaviour analytics (UEBA) and intelligent machine-learning technology that provides 360 visibility across the network and beyond. Enabling a clear system to combat the insider threat, this gives Bede the peace-of-mind that data will be safe wherever it’s being accessed from, that employees are protected against threats, and that staff can get on with the job at hand.

Dr Jamie Graves, CEO and founder, ZoneFox said: “Bede is a forward-thinking company that recognises the importance of data across the business. As it continues to grow in a competitive market place, its commitment to data protection, privacy and security will make it a valued partner to brands who recognise that a good security posture is vital to growth, expansion, and customer retention strategies. Over the last couple of years, we’ve built up a significant portfolio in the online gaming industry, Bede is a great addition to our client portfolio. We’re looking forward to working with them and their clients in the igaming industry, now and in the future.”