Innovative leader in children’s entertainment products
With 68 stores throughout the UK and Ireland, Smyths Toys sells an extensive range of high quality
products at competitive prices. Customers can find toys, bikes, video games, DVDs and activity kits
which encourage learning and develop creativity for children of all ages.
Smyths Toys aims to be a leader in product innovation as well as in delivery of exceptional customer
service. Supporting these goals in a rapidly expanding business required reassessment of the
company’s systems for antivirus protection and data loss prevention. Till transaction times were
being adversely affected by traditional antivirus protection and scanning. In addition, there was a
requirement to ensure compliance with Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards.
Implementing a McAfee solution
Smyths Toys approached McAfee, initially looking for a solution to protect EPOS systems which
would be commercially attractive, easy to deploy and able to provide the necessary level of protection.
Caveo Systems, a McAfee Elite Partner, worked with Smyths Toys and recommended McAfee
Endpoint Protection – Advanced Suite as the ideal upgrade from the McAfee SaaS antivirus
protection which had been in place for some years. McAfee EPA offers integrated, proactive security
that blocks malware and zero-day threats.
Caveo Systems also discussed protection of virtual servers within the Smyths Toys infrastructure
and proposed McAfee MOVE AntiVirus. Uniquely designed to bring optimised, advanced malware
protection for virtualised desktops and servers, MOVE AntiVirus delivers flexible, top-rated security
and high performance. Other areas addressed by implementing McAfee solutions included
application control and full disk encryption to protect laptops used by mobile staff at Smyths Toys.
Achieving PCI compliance
According to Seamus Hogan, Networks & Infrastructure Manager at Smyths Toys, ‘With all our
protection products now under the umbrella of McAfee’s ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO), our IT Networks
and Security Team can manage, monitor, deploy, set up and view reports on every single device in the
estate within a matter of minutes. We also have a solution that will help reduce the time required for
Smyths Toys to achieve and maintain PCI compliance.
‘Because our IT resources are limited we needed all the help we could get to achieve high level
protection and Caveo Systems provided vital 24/7 support. Deployment of protection to endpoints
can be managed remotely; even systems that had previous versions of McAfee SaaS products were
completed in minutes. Only minimum downtime was required, and when it did become necessary it
was very easy to postpone the reboot until out of hours.’
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