Issue: Mar 2017


AW North Carolina Looks to AT&T to Help Secure Business Operations



by Jon Knox

AT&T* provides AW North Carolina, a leading manufacturer of automatic transmissions, with security and mobility business services. The solutions will help connect employees and protect data across the AW North Carolina network.

 

Today's businesses face growing cybersecurity threats. AT&T research published in October found that 90% of companies experienced a preventable cyberattack last year.

 

To stay protected, businesses should consider a multilayered approach. However, many organizations don't have the resources to develop and manage a layered security approach on their own.

 

AW North Carolina looked to AT&T after experiencing service disruptions from ransomware and viruses, harming day-to-day operations. This also halted production at times, creating a potential loss of revenue.

 

AT&T and its Cybersecurity Consulting Division deployed an Incident Response and Forensics team who were able to identify and eradicate the ransomware and get AW North Carolina back online. The company now uses AT&T network, mobility and security solutions:

 

*            AT&T AVPN. This provides a private and highly secure network connection for AW North Carolina so that their employees can transmit data more securely between various locations.

 

*            Network-Based Firewall. This scans and detects potential threats. It filters out known and suspected attacks in near real-time. This creates agility to meet the ever-changing needs of an organization.

 

*            AT&T Secure Email Gateway. This tailors email protection to specific infrastructure and business needs and requires no hardware or software to buy, manage or maintain.

 

*            AT&T Cloud Web Security Service. This helps protect against viruses and malware. It also offers custom security policies and controls across the network so employees can benefit from maximum uptime and avoid downtime.

 

*            Enterprise Mobility Management. This manages mobile devices and endpoints to help reduce security risks. Employees have virtually seamless access to their apps without interruptions.

 

"It was essential to find a solution to these attacks as quickly as possible," said John Peterson, General Manager of Information Technology, AW North Carolina. "A highly secure network is key to our success. Now, it's no longer a matter of chasing a virus from one network connection to the next to identify compromised computers. Throughout the process, AT&T was a trusted advisor."  

 

"Today, an attack could mean a loss of reputation, revenue, and resources," said Todd Waskelis, Vice President of AT&T Security Consulting. "Reacting quickly and with the right tools is of the utmost importance. We worked with AW North Carolina to understand the root cause of this attack and how it happened using Incident Response and Forensics capabilities to not only protect their business, but to also improve their security protections to help prevent further security issues."

 

AW North Carolina, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aisin AW of Japan, the world's number one automatic transmission manufacturer, builds fully assembled transmissions and components for Toyota's North America plants.  AT&T services will help to prevent cyber threats across its 2 campuses with 2,200 employees.

 

To learn more about AT&T Cybersecurity Consulting Services, visit https://www.business.att.com/enterprise/Family/cybersecurity/consulting/

 

For more information on AW North Carolina, visit http://www.aw-nc.com

 

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

 

About Aisin AW 

Aisin AW Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of automatic transmissions and car navigation systems. The company has the largest share of the global automatic transmission market as its products are used by 43 auto manufacturers. The company also promotes the development of eco-friendly technologies via hybrid systems and other products.

 

In 1992, Aisin AW successfully developed the world's first voice navigation system. The company's car navigation systems have been adopted by major auto manufacturers and suppliers around the world, including Toyota, Audi, Volkswagen, General Motors, Fujitsu Ten, Panasonic, and more.

 

Aisin AW Co., Ltd. was founded in 1969, and has its head office in Anjo City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. For more information, please visit http://www.aisin-aw.co.jp/en/  

 

About AT&T 

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed internet and voice services. We offer entertainment your way on the nation's best data network.* We're one of the world's largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. And we offer the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider.** We also help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.

 

Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at http://about.att.com

 

© 2017 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

 

*Claim based on the Nielsen Certified Data Network Score. Score includes data reported by wireless consumers in the Nielsen Mobile Insights survey, network measurements from Nielsen Mobile Performance and Nielsen Drive Test Benchmarks for Q2+Q3 2016 across 121 markets.

 

**Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; and voice roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier. International service required. Coverage not available in all areas. Coverage may vary per country and be limited/restricted in some countries.



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