Advisory Retail Client Story

Security assessments performed for 20 customer applications, 50 physical retail stores and 12 business lines

A major telecommunications and media company engaged Security Compass’s expertise to help execute an extensive security assessment across 20 customer applications, 50 physical retail stores and 12 business lines - all to be completed within 5 weeks. No problem.
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North America
Retail, Technology

Practice Areas
  • Application Security Baseline and Framework Development
  • Physical Security
  • Phishing Simulation
  • Network Security Assessment
  • Configuration Review
  • Web Application Security Assessment


Our Client’s Challenge:

  • A need to raise the profile of cyber security to the management board and to demonstrate the strategic value of building a security program across the organization.
  • An urgent requirement to scale the assessments quickly and complete 240 person-days of work within 5 weeks. The Client sought a partner who could help execute a suite of assessments involving over 20 customer web applications across 12 business lines, 50 physical retail stores that served over 5,000 customers per day, with minimal impact during holiday season.
  • The Client was uncertain how internal teams would perceive the security testing as the Client had never performed such a large scale assessment. They were looking for an experienced team who could help accomplish this feat with limited time.

Our Approach:

  • Security Compass developed a close partnership with our Client’s business lines and technical security teams to ensure that the security assessments would meet the needs of all stakeholders.
  • We helped our Client communicate the goal of the security program and assessment objectives to numerous business stakeholders across the organization. This helped build a case to help the business understand the risks and our Client’s security goals, while being sensitive to the perception and communication strategy required to gain buy-in.
  • Specific assessments performed included:
    • Social engineering
    • Web application assessments
    • Device reviews
    • Infrastructure and network assessments

The Result:

  • Security Compass helped our Client complete all the 240 person-days of work within 5 working weeks. We helped our Client meet tight timelines and ensured that strategic recommendations could be reported up to their management board in time for the Client’s next board meeting.
  • We helped our Client build a business case for stronger IT security within the enterprise and opened the eyes of business stakeholders to security risks.
  • We were able to communicate the value of penetration testing and security assessments for our Client which could be leveraged to set a baseline for future strategic improvements and management reporting.
By illustrating the value of penetration testing and security assessments within our Client’s organization, we helped them set a baseline for future strategic improvements and brought security awareness to their enterprise.

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