Häfele Recovers from Ransomware Attack with Cato Networks

May 2nd, 2023

Cato SASE Cloud enables Häfele to transform its 180-site global network and security infrastructure in less than a month

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 02, 2023 — Cato Networks, provider of the world’s leading single-vendor SASE platform, announced today that it helped Häfele recover from a well-publicized ransomware attack in record time. By moving to Cato SASE Cloud, the international manufacturer and supplier of furniture fittings, architectural hardware and lighting products rebuilt its 50+ country, 180-site network in under 30 days.

“When your network is down from a cyberattack, every minute counts, and you can’t afford to bring back a partially secured network. You have one shot to do it right and fast,” said Daniel Feinler, CISO, Häfele. “The deployment speed with Cato SASE Cloud was a game changer. By working with Cato Networks, we were able to bring up the entire network with full security in less than a month. It was so fast that a competing SASE vendor didn’t believe us. Cato made it possible.”

“Agility and security are core requirements for every enterprise, and especially in times of crisis,” says Shlomo Kramer, CEO and co-founder, Cato Networks. “We were happy to support Häfele confront such a challenge, and we appreciate their trust in Cato SASE Cloud as their new global network and security infrastructure. Our teams collaborated efficiently and professionally, setting a world record in a large-scale SASE deployment project.”

Häfele Finds the Right SASE Partner: Cato

In February 2023, Häfele, a German family enterprise based in Nagold, Germany, suffered a severe ransomware attack forcing the company to shut down its computer systems and disconnect them from the internet. At the time, Häfele was in an RFP process to select a SASE vendor.

“We had finished a proof of concept with Cato and were getting ready to move to the next SASE provider when the ransomware attack occurred,” said Mike Bretz, Global Team Lead of Network, Häfele. Instead, the Häfele team turned back to Cato.

Over the next four weeks, Häfele worked with Cato and restored its IT systems. Häfele installed Cato Sockets, Cato’s Edge SD-WAN device, at 180+ sites across 50+ countries such as Argentina, Finland, Myanmar (Burma), and South Africa. A global, unified security policy was configured to help prevent another attack, and 8,000 employees regained secured access to the internet and enterprise resources, including 4,000 mobile users who now use Cato Client for ZTNA.

With Cato SASE Cloud, Häfele is now benefiting from a global, unified multilayer security stack that inspects all traffic in all directions from all edges and provides consistent and comprehensive enterprise-grade security. Häfele’s new security from Cato includes FWaaS, SWG, IPS, Next-gen Antimalware, CASB and MDR – all targeted towards preventing future breaches and maintaining an optimal security posture anytime and anywhere.

The rebuilding of the network with Cato SASE Cloud was so fast that it even surprised Häfele. “I did not think that we could shut down, rebuild and transition our IT systems in less than 30 days,” said Bretz. “Cato defied the odds and performed admirably during a challenging time and under immense pressure. Cato did exactly what they said they would do. This is how you earn customer trust.”

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Cato provides the world’s most robust single-vendor SASE platform, converging Cato SD-WAN and a cloud-native security service edge, Cato SSE 360, into a global cloud service. Cato SASE Cloud optimizes and secures application access for all users and locations everywhere. Using Cato, customers easily replace costly and rigid legacy MPLS with modern network architecture based on SD-WAN, secure and optimize a hybrid workforce working from anywhere, and enable seamless cloud migration. Cato enforces granular access policies, protects users against threats, and prevents sensitive data loss, all easily managed from a single pane of glass. With Cato, businesses are ready for whatever’s next. 

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