Netwrix Auditor enables The Football Pools to make light work of governance

Complete network visibility helps U.K.’s iconic football lottery company shave seven hours a week off compliance audit work

Irvine, CA, November 7, 2016

Netwrix Corporation, the first vendor to introduce a visibility and governance platform for hybrid cloud security, announced today that The Football Pools has saved significant time preparing for the U.K. Gambling Commission audit checks based on ISO/IEC 27001 requirements.

The Football Pools is the oldest football gambling business in the world. It provides the chance to win life-changing amounts of money by predicting the outcome of football games in a pool format. The Football Pools has paid out over £3.2 billion to winners during its 91-year history.

The Football Pools needed to prove to auditors that all changes and access to SQL databases made by a remote team of database administrators (DBAs) are monitored according to the requirements of the U.K. Gambling Commission. Failure to meet those requirements could lead to heavy fines or even revocation of the company’s license.

The Football Pools selected Netwrix Auditor for SQL Server to gain visibility into what’s going on across its SQL databases. As a result, the company was able to:

  • Prove compliance with ISO/IEC 27001. The solution provides the company with out-of-the-box reports aligned with ISO/IEC 27001 requirements for its annual audits, including all the necessary details about actions related to SQL Server permissions.
  • Spend less time and effort to pass audit checks. With Netwrix Auditor, IT infrastructure manager Paul Edwards now spends just one hour per week to get the necessary reports and check on activity across critical servers — saving him seven hours of work each week.
  • Reduce the risk of data loss and downtime. Using the actionable intelligence Netwrix Auditor provides about actions related to databases and server configurations, Edwards can easily detect and remediate unauthorized activities that could result in data compromise or system outage.
  • Secure every remote DBA session. Video recording ability of remote sessions gives the company complete visibility into activity across its SQL servers, simplifies investigations of mistakes that could affect database availability and data security, and increases DBAs’ sense of responsibility for the work they perform.

"To successfully pass security audits, we need to ensure that our SQL databases are secured and that only authorized users can access and modify them. Netwrix Auditor helps us enable continuous compliance and provide the necessary proof to auditors. It takes me only one hour per week – 8 times less than before – to make sure there is no malicious activity on our SQL servers. But the peace of mind that I get from Netwrix Auditor is simply impossible to measure," said Paul Edwards, IT infrastructure manager at The Football Pools.

"According to analysts and industry thought leaders, visibility is the top cyber security trend and even has the potential to become a synonym for IT security. For companies aiming to build a comprehensive security strategy, visibility means high-level security analytics and threat intelligence that deepen anomaly detection to minimize security risks," said Michael Fimin, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix.

Netwrix Auditor is a visibility and governance platform that enables control over changes, configurations and access in hybrid cloud IT environments to protect data regardless of its location. The platform provides security analytics to detect anomalies in user behavior and investigate threat patterns before a data breach occurs.

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Netwrix Corporation was the first vendor to introduce a visibility and governance platform for hybrid cloud security. More than 160,000 IT departments worldwide rely on Netwrix to detect insider threats on premises and in the cloud, pass compliance audits with less effort and expense, and increase productivity of IT security and operations teams. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 100 industry awards and been named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. For more information, visit

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