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DeNA Enhances Web Security and Reduces Operational Cost with Fastly

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Applicable Industries
  • E-Commerce
Use Cases
  • Supply Chain Visibility
  • Traffic Monitoring
  • Hardware Design & Engineering Services
The Challenge
DeNA, a Japanese corporation specializing in digital portals, mobile games, and e-commerce platforms, was facing significant challenges with its legacy Web Application Firewall (WAF). The legacy WAF was not only expensive to operate but also had high response times, particularly during traffic spikes. This was a significant issue as DeNA was expanding its offerings and needed to scale its web security posture accordingly. The legacy WAF's admin portal loaded slowly during traffic spikes, preventing the team from addressing issues promptly. Moreover, it was impossible for the DeNA team to reroute customer page requests if their WAF was not performing correctly. The performance issues, coupled with the high cost of scaling hardware investments, made it clear that DeNA needed a new, more efficient solution.
About The Customer
DeNA is a Japanese corporation that operates in the digital space. The company focuses on creating and managing digital portals, mobile games, and e-commerce platforms. As a digital company, DeNA is committed to providing great digital experiences for their customers. This commitment requires the company to have a robust and efficient web security posture. However, the company's legacy Web Application Firewall (WAF) was causing multiple issues, making it difficult for the company to operate efficiently. The need for a more efficient solution led DeNA to Fastly's Next-Gen WAF.
The Solution
Fastly provided DeNA with a scalable performance and centralized visibility solution that their legacy hardware WAF could not offer. DeNA deployed Fastly's Next-Gen WAF across five of its properties and saw performance improvements after an easy installation. This solution allowed DeNA to reduce their operational expenses as they no longer needed engineers dedicated to costly rules or policy tuning necessary for a traditional WAF. Fastly was also more cost-efficient to scale with their business than their previous hardware WAF. Unlike DeNA's legacy WAF that relied on static regex pattern matching rules, Fastly's Next-Gen WAF provides a better, more innovative approach to detecting and blocking potential attacks. It leverages known-bad IP lists to compliment its proprietary SmartParse technology and make fast, inline blocking decisions. Fastly's Next-Gen WAF also enriches decisioning with its Network Learning Exchange to further evaluate web requests' source IP reputation.
Operational Impact
  • With Fastly's Next-Gen WAF, DeNA achieved deeper organizational and attack visibility. Fastly's dashboards provide a single source of truth for multiple teams and stakeholders throughout the business. This has improved the company's ability to monitor and respond to potential threats. Additionally, DeNA now sees new activity on their network that was previously unknown to them, such as traffic from the Tor network. This increased visibility and understanding of their network traffic have enhanced DeNA's overall web security posture.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Reduced operational expenses by eliminating the need for engineers dedicated to costly rules or policy tuning
  • More cost-efficient scaling with business growth compared to previous hardware WAF
  • Improved performance across five properties after easy installation of Fastly's Next-Gen WAF

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