The Pokémon Company International Taps Sumo Logic to Strengthen Data Privacy and Deliver Secure Customer Experiences

Franchise Leader of One of the World’s Most Popular Digital Games Leverages Security Analytics and Business Insights to Build Top-Notch Privacy and Compliance Program and Global Security Operations Center

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sumo Logic, the leading cloud-native, machine data analytics platform that delivers continuous intelligence, today announced that The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, has selected Sumo Logic to strengthen overall security posture, gain a unified view of operations, and deliver on its core values of trust and child safety.

The Pokémon Co., a global billion-dollar gaming company, serves hundreds of millions of users within its multi-tenant Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment, many of which are children and young adults. As a result, Pokémon gathers a massive data lake of personally identifiable information (PII) and sensitive children’s data, including dates of birth, email addresses, and geolocation data and travel patterns from cell phones using the popular Pokémon Go app. With existing and new privacy regulations such as the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Children’s Online Protection Privacy Act (COPPA), Pokémon is under immense pressure to demonstrate not only ongoing compliance, but also a resilient security posture.

As the company continues to scale its business, it quickly became apparent to Pokémon’s Director of Information Security and Data Protection Officer, John Visneski, that he and his team had to get ahead of this growth by taking appropriate measures to deliver an exemplary privacy and security program to log and track access of all data flowing across its environment. In order to do this, Pokémon would implement a government-grade global security operations center (SOC) and leverage Sumo Logic’s cloud-native, machine data analytics platform and pre-built security and compliance dashboards to provide centralized security and business insights for all data flowing across its networks.

“The day and age when a vendor and customer relationship is about the customer presenting their budget and demanding services is gone,” said Visneski. “Customers and vendors must be able to grow together through meaningful partnerships, and Sumo Logic has been phenomenal for helping us achieve our privacy and security goals. You really get the feeling that they are concerned with making sure that you’re going to be successful as an organization.”

As a result, Sumo Logic has been crucial for delivering a unified source of all user data in order to operationalize agile security and DevOps teams, and implement the proper security and privacy controls that not only demonstrate return on investment, but more importantly enable the business for continued growth and success as new products come to market in the coming years.

In addition to being an early adopter for Sumo Logic’s new cloud SIEM and Investigation Workflows solution, Pokémon and Sumo Logic are also collaborating on building out a next generation SOC with modern-day cloud-based security tools and military rigor. Both companies are leveraging Sumo Logic’s continuous intelligence to quickly identify malicious activity and respond in an automated fashion, and will continue to share security best practices for ongoing collaboration and innovation.

“We’re at a point in today’s digital world where we are creating and consuming more data across the enterprise than ever before,” said George Gerchow, CSO, Sumo Logic. “Consumers want confirmation that their data is safe and their experiences seamless, and the onus is on the enterprise to maintain data privacy without disrupting operations. It’s our job at Sumo Logic to empower our own customers like Pokémon to deliver on those promises while continuing to innovate their business and stay ahead of evolving privacy regulations and sophisticated cyber actors that want access to PII and other sensitive data.”

Additional Resources

  • Watch the Pokémon video from theCUBE at Illuminate 2018
  • Read the blog on modern day SOC automation
  • Download the Sumo Logic GDPR Checklist
  • Sign up for Sumo Logic for free

About Sumo Logic
Sumo Logic is a secure, cloud-native, machine data analytics service, delivering real-time, continuous intelligence from structured, semi-structured and unstructured data across the entire application lifecycle and stack. More than 1,600 customers around the globe rely on Sumo Logic for the analytics and insights to build, run and secure their modern applications and cloud infrastructures. With Sumo Logic, customers gain a multi-tenant, service-model advantage to accelerate their shift to continuous innovation, increasing competitive advantage, business value and growth.

Founded in 2010, Sumo Logic is a privately held company based in Redwood City, Calif. and is backed by Accel Partners, DFJ, Greylock Partners, IVP, Sapphire Ventures, Sequoia Capital and Sutter Hill Ventures. For more information, visit

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