Case Study: Greater City Of Sudbury

Safeguarding municipal water treatment facilities with 100% visibility of connected devices.

Meeting Municipal and Endpoint Challenges

The City of Greater Sudbury in Ontario, Canada is a municipality with over 160,000 people. One of the city’s most important services is providing its residents with clean and potable water. To enable this critical function, Beacon safeguards over 6,300 endpoints in 173 locations, including 90 unstaffed sites.

Meeting Municipal Security Challenges

Maintaining the integrity of the water and wastewater systems is the city’s IT department’s highest priority. The task involves securing the access of all networked devices including city-owned and BYOD clients as well as IoT devices such as those for supervisory control and data acquisition. In addition IT must protect open and unsecured IT ports from accidental or criminal incidents – all while minimizing labor expenses.

This is no easy matter, and failing at these challenges could result in serious problems. Unauthorized network activity could cause system downtime and disruptions. This leads to customer inconvenience, safety advisories, and even water stoppages. The city could face severe environmental and regulatory fines for non-compliance.


Endpoint visibility and detection – supporting twice as many devices as initially predicted.


Endpoints profiled with in depth context – greatly reducing daily troubleshooting time and risk exposure.


Locations safeguarded with a scalable deployment that significantly reduces the time and cost of adding new locations.


People protected by safeguarding one of the city's basic human necessities: clean and potable water.

"... Beacon has significantly increased our confidence levels and administrative capabilities, while reducing the IT security risks for critical water treatment facilities."

-Jim Dolson, Manager of Hardware and Technology City of Greater Sudbury

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