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Empowering Prezi's Cloud-Based Platform with Customizable Security Rules

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Technology Category
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Cloud Databases
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS) - Application Development Platforms
Applicable Industries
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • National Security & Defense
Use Cases
  • Counterfeit Product Identification
  • Tamper Detection
Services
  • System Integration
The Challenge
Prezi, a cloud-based presentation platform with over 100 million users, was facing a significant challenge due to its tremendous growth. The company was seeking to replace an existing, labor-intensive tool with a new web application firewall (WAF) to provide automated, accurate protection for their web applications. Previously, Prezi used an open source IDS/IPS solution. As a cloud-based platform, Prezi’s primary goal was to have a WAF with enterprise-grade detection and response capabilities. They needed a solution that could automatically and reliably detect attack patterns on web traffic without the noise (hundreds of notifications to matches on RegEx signatures) and provide integrations to gain advanced insights.
About The Customer
Prezi is a cloud-based presentation platform that is used by over 100 million users worldwide. The platform's tools are utilized by a diverse range of users, from Fortune 100 companies to fast-growing startups, and from Ivy League universities to small local school districts. Prezi is used in high-profile keynote speeches as well as in impromptu team meetings around the globe. The company's primary goal was to have a web application firewall with enterprise-grade detection and response capabilities.
The Solution
Fastly provided an immediate solution to Prezi's challenge by offering application-specific protection via customizable rules. The solution was easy to integrate and met Prezi's privacy, security, and availability requirements on an architectural level. Fastly’s flexible architecture easily fit into Prezi’s infrastructure and made it possible for Prezi’s team to integrate into their SIEM via APIs and build in more effective monitoring. Fastly’s automated alerting system and filters helped Prezi’s security and operations teams save time by reducing manual work, thereby increasing productivity. Fastly’s Next-Gen WAF improved the overall reaction to DoS and DDoS scenarios across security and developers. Customizable rules allowed Prezi to trigger actions based on any part of the HTTP request, which, together with the integration to their SIEM, enabled them to set up custom rules as additional detection controls to identify and react to application-specific suspicious actions.
Operational Impact
  • The implementation of Fastly's solution resulted in several operational benefits for Prezi. The automated alerting system and filters reduced manual work, leading to increased productivity for Prezi’s security and operations teams. The flexible architecture of Fastly's solution allowed for easy integration into Prezi's existing infrastructure, enabling more effective monitoring. The Next-Gen WAF improved the overall reaction to DoS and DDoS scenarios across security and developers. The customizable rules allowed Prezi to set up additional detection controls to identify and react to application-specific suspicious actions, enhancing the security of the platform.

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