CGI consolidates UK cybersecurity monitoring into two new centres

Brigend office becomes part of global SOC system

IT services firm CGI (formerly Logica) is consolidating its UK cyber-security threat monitoring into two centres in Wales and Reading to offer customers a more comprehensive suite of real-time alerts and forensic investigation.

The primary of the two is probably the South Wales Security Operations Centre (SOC) in Brigend, which will become the firm's UK hub for 24/7 security monitoring in line with 10 such centres established around the globe in recent times.

The Reading facility will operate as an investigations centre to look at complex threats in a greater degree of forensic detail.

The SOC is described as collecting and responding to IDS, IPS, firewall, WAF and antivirus alerts from data centre and cloud sites while the Reading team will perform analysis based on behavioural and data mining techniques.

"Increasingly, clients are becoming more sensitive with respect to where their security data is collected, analysed and stored for privacy, legal and regulatory reasons," said CGI's UK head of cyber security services, Andrew Rogoyski.

"Our new SOC enables a broad range of network devices and company data to be monitored in real time."

It's a fascinating example of the way the IT services sector has shifted towards real-time security in the period since Logica was acquired by CGI in August 2012.

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