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Cybrary's Transformation: From Legacy WAF to Fastly’s Next-Gen WAF

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Technology Category
  • Analytics & Modeling - Real Time Analytics
  • Application Infrastructure & Middleware - Data Exchange & Integration
Applicable Industries
  • Cement
  • National Security & Defense
Applicable Functions
  • Maintenance
Use Cases
  • Supply Chain Visibility
  • Tamper Detection
  • System Integration
  • Training
The Challenge
Cybrary, a growing community that brings together people, companies, and training to revolutionize the cyber security educational experience, was facing a significant challenge. Their legacy web application firewall (WAF) was failing to provide complete attack coverage and usability across its APIs and web properties. With a wide range of pages and training content to protect, Cybrary’s two-person infrastructure team was struggling with issues that their legacy WAF could not address. The legacy WAF was proving extremely difficult to configure and debug without investing significant time and resources. It also provided incomplete attack coverage and blocked valid requests, with no real-time visibility, alerting, or a functional dashboard to monitor activity over time. As security experts, Cybrary needed to maintain their brand identity and ensure their security practice was cutting-edge.
About The Customer
Cybrary is a rapidly growing community that brings together individuals, companies, and training to revolutionize the cyber security educational experience. They offer a wide range of pages and training content that needs to be protected from various attacks across its APIs and web properties. The company has a two-person infrastructure team that was previously struggling with a legacy WAF that was difficult to configure and debug, provided incomplete attack coverage, and lacked real-time visibility and alerting. As a company of security experts, Cybrary is committed to maintaining their brand identity and ensuring their security practice is cutting-edge.
The Solution
Cybrary was in search of a modern, feature-rich WAF solution that could be easily configured, block attacks, natively work within Kubernetes containers, and provide real-time alerting without incurring heavy maintenance investment. They chose to replace their legacy WAF with Fastly’s Next-Gen WAF after a successful two-week pilot. The pilot evaluated the ease of use, performance, and availability of features required by the infrastructure team, including Slack integration, unified dashboard, all working seamlessly with Kubernetes. After a five-minute installation, Fastly’s Next-Gen WAF provided immediate time to value during the pilot. Fastly’s Next-Gen WAF blocks attacks that Cybrary’s legacy WAF missed and provides the security team with comprehensive protection capabilities. Using customizable rules, users can quickly define, monitor, and take action on any web application or API transaction without extensive tuning. Additionally, Cybrary can protect their WordPress site without using any additional plugins.
Operational Impact
  • The implementation of Fastly’s Next-Gen WAF has significantly improved Cybrary's operational efficiency and security. With a lean, two-person staff running infrastructure and security, the Cybrary team can now easily obtain the information they need without hiring an additional dedicated security employee. This has maximized their IT staff time and resources. The legacy WAF was operating as a black box, making it difficult for the team to see or evaluate malicious behavior. Fastly provides Cybrary’s team with a comprehensive dashboard and powerful search and alerting tools, significantly increasing visibility and insight into attacks. And with real-time alerts integration with Slack, the Cybrary team can now extend that visibility and oversight to their wider engineering team.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Fastly’s Next-Gen WAF was installed in just five minutes, providing immediate value.
  • Fastly’s Next-Gen WAF blocked attacks that the legacy WAF was missing, improving security coverage.
  • Fastly’s Next-Gen WAF eliminated the need for additional plugins to protect their WordPress site, reducing complexity and potential vulnerabilities.

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