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Market-leading online betting provider selects advanced user monitoring solution to protect customer’s data and ensure regulatory compliance

London, UK – 12th December 2016 – Paddy Power Betfair Plc a leading online gambling provider, has announced that it has deployed Balabit’s privileged user monitoring solution Shell Control Box (SCB) to monitor privileged access to production systems and enhance the security and flexibility of its product development processes. As a fast growing operator, managing millions of sensitive financial transactions, Paddy Power Betfair required a cost-effective solution, which could create a secure audit trail of what has happened during product development and that supports compliance with regulatory bodies. The Balabit solution provides comprehensive session recording to provide full assurance that all developers’ activities are monitored, accountable and traceable.

With a market-leading, global presence, Paddy Power Betfair is focused on continually improving its IT processes to deliver product improvements at a faster pace, through the use of development concepts, such as Agile, DevOps or Continuous Delivery. It must also demonstrate strict IT controls to comply with PCI DSS, ISO 27001, gaming and gambling regulations. In order to support these processes, Paddy Power Betfair selected Balabit’s session recording solution to monitor its developers and to protect the systems they support. The solution was originally deployed with Betfair in 2015 and, following its recent merger with Paddy Power, there’s an ongoing plan to extend the implementation across the entire organisation.

The Balabit solution audits access to its Linux servers as well as to some Windows systems. Users are able to connect to the production servers only through SCB and, after they are granted access to the server, SCB monitors and records all their activities in a tamper-proof way. The solution operates host-independently and transparently; therefore, implementation does not interfere with daily operations.

The solution was deployed by Abilott, a leading provider of governance, risk and compliance solutions, a long time Balabit partner in the UK. Virtual SCB appliances have been deployed in the operator’s data centres.

Vasile Dorca, Head of Security Compliance and Assurance at Paddy Power Betfair comments: “We arereally impressed with the quality and features available within Shell Control Box; it fulfilled all the important criteria we had in terms of a fast implementation, easy configuration, reliable logging and transparency for users.”

Zoltán Györkő, CEO of Balabit comments, “We’re delighted that Paddy Power Betfair has selected Balabit’s Shell Control Box to support its product development processes. We’re committed to delivering solutions which provide a real return on investment and meet today's increasingly compliance-driven security requirements. Shell Control Box brings strong levels of security along with improved usability and flexibility so that organisations have the assurances that privileged user activity is fully audited, to fully protect their own customer’s data.”

About Paddy Power Betfair
In February 2016, Paddy Power and Betfair merged to form one of the largest online betting operators in the world: Paddy Power Betfair plc. The merger propelled the enlarged group into the FTSE 50.

The Paddy Power brand boasts an international multi-channel betting and gaming group. The Paddy Power brand is widely seen as one of the most distinctive consumer brands in Europe. The Betfair brand is famous for Innovation. Betfair pioneered the betting exchange in 2000 – a product which altered the landscape of the sports betting industry.

Today, Paddy Power Betfair is a force to be reckoned with. We have a market-leading presence in the UK, Ireland, Australia and the USA, as well as a range of B2C and B2B operations across Europe.

About Balabit
Balabit – headquartered in Luxembourg – is a leading provider of contextual security technologies with the mission of preventing data breaches without constraining business. Balabit operates globally through a network of local offices across the United States and Europe together with partners.

Balabit’s Contextual Security Intelligence™ Suite protects organizations in real-time from threats posed by the misuse of high risk and privileged accounts. Solutions include reliable system and application Log Management with context enriched data ingestion, Privileged User Monitoring and User Behavior Analytics. Together they can identify unusual user activities and provide deep visibility into potential threats. Working in conjunction with existing control-based strategies Balabit enables a flexible and people-centric approach to improve security without adding additional barriers to business practices.

Founded in 2000 Balabit has a proven track record including 23 Fortune 100 customers amongst over 1,000,000 corporate users worldwide.

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