Intelligent CIO North America Issue 6 - Page 62

CASE STUDY

Major League Baseball used to be powered by arms , legs , gloves and bats . Today , it is also powered by data – ‘ Moneyball ’ analytics driving big decisions ranging from when to pinch hit , to which free agents to sign . For Randy George , Vice President of Technology Operations and Information Security for the Boston Red Sox , protecting this datadriven enterprise from compromise is job number one .

“ Most people think ‘ Fenway Park ’ or ‘ the Green Monster ’ when they think of the Red Sox ,” he said . “ I think of technology and securing the data that makes our club tick – from scouting reports to ticketholder personal information . And for that job , our ‘ ace ’ is Mimecast .”
Customer vision
The Red Sox underwent a significant Digital Transformation a decade ago , fuelled by the ‘ Moneyball ’ analytics success of the Oakland A ’ s , and the need to bring the entire organization into the digital age . “ As a result , our data center footprint has exploded since I joined the team in 2002 ,” said George . “ That really made information security a top priority .”
As email became the main form of communication for the organization , George needed a way to protect against attackers trying to gain unauthorized access to systems and data .
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