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A Slam Dunk for the Boston Celtics

ReliaQuest GreyMatter a Cloud-Native Security Operations Platform Built on an Open XDR Architecture, Delivers Time Savings of 20%.


Established in 1946, the Boston Celtics are one of the most recognized and trusted franchises in professional sports. With 17 NBA championships under their belt, they also know what it takes to build a winning roster, even off the court.

Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Operations, Jay Wessland, has built a winning team of his own with the help of his Most Valuable Player, ReliaQuest.

Prior to partnering with ReliaQuest, security was becoming increasingly difficult to manage for the Celtics, due to limited in-house resources, competing priorities, and a nascent security team. Seeing those constraints, Wessland sought out global cybersecurity company ReliaQuest to help enhance the team’s internal efforts to progress detection and response.

The Challenges

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    Limited in-house knowledge and resources to effectively implement a scalable security infrastructure
  • Fragmented Visibility
    Fragmented visibility across security tools due to limited integration or centralized correlation
  • Focus
    Limited capacity to focus on threat prevention or detection

The Solution

Fast-forward to present day: the Celtics are proactively managing risk thanks to ReliaQuest’s unique approach of leading with technology while blending in people and process to help customers achieve their desired outcomes.

Through ReliaQuest GreyMatter, a Cloud-Native Security Operations Platform Built on an Open XDR Architecture, the Celtics have singular visibility across their all-star lineup of technologies and hybrid cloud environment. And by wrapping GreyMatter with ReliaQuest’s global 24/7/365 security operations center, the Boston Celtics have relevant detection content, rich threat intelligence, and ongoing collaboration to ensure they continuously meet their security program objectives.

Jay Wessland

“The value of ReliaQuest lies in the breadth and depth of its offering. Other vendors wanted to lock me in to their specific products and suites, but ReliaQuest integrates with different tools to meet customer needs, as opposed to taking a one-size-fits-all approach. More importantly, the knowledge of their staff and engineers enables the best possible protection of our critical assets.”

— Jay Wessland, Chief Technology Officer and VP of Operations

The Outcomes

Since partnering with ReliaQuest in early 2020, the Boston Celtics have achieved significant results. They estimate they can save and reallocate 20% of their time each month to focus on proactive initiatives, primarily as a result of the efficiencies
gained through their use of ReliaQuest Open XDR-as-a-Service.

Over the course of one year, ReliaQuest addressed approximately 88% of all SIEM and EDR alerts without the need to escalate
to the Boston Celtics.

The Boston Celtics make security possible with ReliaQuest.

The Results:


Unified visibility across security technologies, improving risk awareness and enabling more efficient workflows

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Enriched data sets, providing additional context and insights for more accurate threat detection and faster response


20% time gains each month, allowing them to focus on proactive initiatives