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Chef's Adoption of Fastly's Next-Gen WAF for Enhanced Security and Performance

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Technology Category
  • Application Infrastructure & Middleware - Event-Driven Application
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy - Application Security
Applicable Industries
  • Cement
  • National Security & Defense
Use Cases
  • Real-Time Location System (RTLS)
  • Tamper Detection
The Challenge
Chef, a leading automation software company, was facing a significant challenge in securing their DevOps practices and business operations. The engineering and operations teams at Chef were seeking a security solution that could provide greater visibility into the changing vulnerabilities and attack vectors across their applications. They needed a security solution that could enable them to identify and solve security issues in the same way they were already able to respond to operational issues, without negatively impacting performance. The challenge was to find a security solution that could scale with their DevOps practices and business needs, and help their customers be more secure.
About The Customer
Chef is a leading automation software company owned by Progress. As a trusted provider of the best products to develop, deploy, and manage high-impact applications, Progress enables customers to build the applications and experiences they need, deploy where and how they want, and manage it all safely and securely. Chef’s engineering group demanded a security solution that could scale with their DevOps practices and business needs. They wanted to help their customers be more secure by bringing more visibility into the changing vulnerabilities and attack vectors across their own applications.
The Solution
Chef found the solution to their security challenge in Fastly's Next-Gen Web Application Firewall (WAF). This automated web app security technology provided real-time visibility into attacks in Chef’s DevOps toolchain, while also blocking malicious traffic. When Chef first deployed Fastly’s Next-Gen WAF into its application stack, the Ops team didn’t even notice that the product had been turned on, indicating that the Fastly solution added almost zero latency. Unlike other legacy WAF solutions that often flagged and blocked a large number of legitimate requests, Fastly’s modern approach ensured that any malicious attacks would be automatically detected and blocked—without producing false positives on legitimate traffic. Fastly also provided interactive dashboards that surfaced the most important real-time attacks and anomalies, and its integrations immediately alerted teams through ChatOps and DevOps tools like Slack.
Operational Impact
  • The adoption of Fastly's Next-Gen WAF has significantly improved Chef's security posture. The solution has seamlessly integrated into Chef's DevOps toolchain, providing real-time visibility into attacks and blocking malicious traffic. This has not only enhanced the security of Chef's applications but also helped them maintain high performance by adding almost zero latency. The solution's ability to distinguish between legitimate requests and malicious attacks has reduced the number of false positives, thereby increasing the trust of the Chef team in the solution. Furthermore, Fastly's interactive dashboards and immediate alerts through integrations with tools like Slack have made it easy for any Chef team member to access security data and quickly understand and resolve any issues.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Fastly's Next-Gen WAF added almost zero latency to Chef's application stack, ensuring no trade-off between security and performance.
  • Fastly's solution automatically detected and blocked malicious attacks without producing false positives on legitimate traffic, reducing the number of false alarms.
  • Fastly's integrations immediately alerted teams through ChatOps and DevOps tools like Slack, enhancing the speed of response to security threats.

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