March 10, 2017

Case Study: Benefits of Iterative Defense Improvements

Telling your COO or CEO that you need to test your cyber security against a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is easy enough—today’s smart executives know the importance of cyber security and uptime, and they know a DDoS attack can severely damage a company’s reputation and relationship with its customers.

But when your executives in turn ask you, “what is involved in doing DDoS testing?” the answer isn’t always as easy.    

That’s where a case study can help, and RedWolf has a great one to share.

In 2016 RedWolf worked with one of its partners, Crownpeak, to test the cybersecurity of one of the world’s largest financial institutions, Bank of New York Mellon. DDoS security is crucial for firms like Bank of New York Mellon; after all, financial institutions have proven to be a common target for DDoS attacks. According to reports from Arbor Networks and Verizon, more than half of all financial services institutions have experienced a DDoS attack (that’s more than any other sector) and almost a third of all DDoS attacks have targeted this sector.

 

The case study demonstrates exactly how Crownpeak and RedWolf tested Bank of New York Mellon’s infrastructure, including:

  • A powerful simulation of a real world test, including establishing a baseline
  • A recommended series of infrastructure improvements
  • Implementing Amazon Web Services features such as Lambda and Web Application Firewall
  • Re-testing to confirm the new infrastructure’s effectiveness

The test and infrastructure improvements proved was so successful, Amazon invited Crownpeak’s CTO to present the case study as a guest speaker at its AWS Re:Invent conference.

When you need some documented backup to sell your cyber threat protection and test and improvement plan, look no further!