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Case Study: Reckitt Benckiser

Over the last 4 years Reckitt Benckiser have been actively and successfully improving the security of their applications, systems and network to meet the demands of their business and the cyber security threats of the connect world. CNS have been assisting them to do so by ingraining their testing and assessment services into the Project Delivery and internal audit functions of the company.

The Client

Reckitt Benckiser plc is a British multinational consumer goods company headquartered in Slough, Berkshire. It is a major producer of health, hygiene and home products. Reckitt Benckiser's brands include Dettol , Strepsils, Veet , Air Wick, Calgon, Clearasil, Cillit Bang, Durex, Lysol, and Vanish. It has operations in around 60 countries and its products are sold in almost 200 countries.

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The Challenge

For every product, every region, every salesforce or operation with in Reckitts Benckiser there will be a number of internal or web based applications that stream business functions and allow Reckitts Benckiser to function as one of the largest pharmaceuticals in the world. The applications have been built by a mixture of internal and external development sources. Keeping tight controls, standards and security practises homogeneous around the world is a massive challenge for the project delivery and operational departments of Reckitt Benckiser.

The Solution

CNS Hut3, the Information Assurance arm of CNS Group, have been working with Reckitts Benckiser to help them improve the security posture of their environments across the globe. Under the banner of the Secure SDLC services CNS Hut3 have ingrained their services into the Software Development Life Cycle to ensure that applications are not released without rigorous testing and review. 

"The CNS Hut3 test team are fully integrated into our project delivery process which allows us to focus on delivering. The team are helpful and knowledgeable and have certainly helped us up improve our security posture across the board".

Technical Project Manager, Reckitt Benckiser

Services used:
  • Security Awareness training
  • Infrastructure Testing (internal & 3rd Party)
  • Data Centre Audit
  • Web application testing
  • Police Review
  • Architecture and Build Review
  • External Penetration Testing
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • 3rd Party Audit and Risk Assessment
CNS Hut3 liaise with the Reckitts Benckiser project team early on in the process and help train the project managers in the importance and process of secure application development. The testers are then at hand to advise external or internal development teams on best practise security processes. Pre-release CNS Hut3 will then penetration test the applications; providing a report showing where the vulnerabilities or holes are in the application and a remediation recommendation on how to fix. The test team will then hold a remediation meeting with developers to ensure that fix can be applied and to plan a re-test. Once fixes are applied Hut3 conduct the re-test to ensure the application is secure. CNS Hut3 maintain an on-going risk register of vulnerabilites that occur in order that Reckitt Benckiser management can benefit from a high level view of re-occurring issues.

The Results

Over the past 4 years CNS Hut3 have conduct testing on over 80 applications and built a very close working relationship with key individuals from the Reckitt Benckiser compliance, audit, IT project delivery, IT operations and technical teams. Reckitt Benckiser's use of CNS Hut3 shows how seriously they are taking the security of their application and systems estate.

Reckitts Benckiser project team of benefited from CNS Hut3's flexibility, quick reaction times and willingness to work directly with 3rd party developers in order that tight delivery timescales are met without security requirements being overlooked.

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