Via a Microsoft-first approach to cybersecurity and compliance, the LGL Group identified an opportunity to enhance its cybersecurity posture, whilst at the same time rationalising its overall spend and simplifying the user experience. Softwerx, a leading Microsoft security practice in the UK, helped LGL both architect and deploy a unified XDR and SIEM security solution that incorporates Microsoft Azure, Azure Sentinel, Microsoft 365 apps, and the latest Microsoft 365 E3 security features. LGL now enjoys enhanced security, reduced costs, and a more-efficient user experience.

“By working with Softwerx, we’ve discovered that there are very few areas that Microsoft does not cover with their security arsenal. ” – Peter Messervy-Gross, Chief Information Officer

Customer Challenges

Frustrated by a cybersecurity marketplace that appeared to be constantly increasing in both complexity and cost, LGL sought a simplified approach that didn’t compromise on the enterprise-grade level of security that the business demanded. LGL also identified the need to move away from a traditional “stovepipe” approach that created both operational and commercial overlap and management challenges. LGL recognised that from an employee perspective, the security experience needed to be seamless for it to be successful.

Partner Solution

Working collaboratively with LGL, Softwerx designed a roadmap around a Microsoft-first security approach. This included migrating users from Citrix to Azure Virtual Desktop and introducing Azure Sentinel to provide LGL with enterprise-grade security information event management (SIEM) and security orchestration automated response (SOAR) capabilities. Softwerx also recommended building on the Azure cloud foundation by utilising advisory tools within Microsoft 365 and Azure to improve controls.

“Our migration to Azure and Azure Virtual Desktop allowed us to move away from Citrix. We then replaced a third-party SIEM solution with Azure Sentinel. Once we had our Azure cloud foundation in place, building on it was straightforward. ” – Peter Messervy-Gross, Chief Information Officer

Customer Benefits

LGL modernised their security controls overall and reaped three important benefits. Firstly, the financial services company gained an enhanced security posture. Secondly, they enabled a streamlined native user experience. Finally, they realised significant overall cost savings, achieved primarily through the reduction of third-party application subscriptions, all whilst maintaining similar “like-for-like” functionality.

“LGL has a stronger risk posture since they adopted a Microsoft-first approach to security. That involved leveraging the latest Microsoft 365 and Azure security stack, with the added benefit of building a more streamlined hybrid security system.” – Adriaan Bekker, Technical Director