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Fastly’s new Managed Security Service to prevent web attacks

Fastly, the edge cloud platform has launched Fastly Managed Security Service, a premier 24/7 threat detection and response service dedicated to helping organisations significantly reduce the risk of web application attacks and associated business costs due to lost transactions. 

Available to Fastly’s global Next-Gen WAF customers, the new Managed Security Service further demonstrates the company’s commitment to helping global marquee customers deliver innovative, secure digital experiences to their users.

Web applications continue to be popular targets for today's attackers. In fact, according to the Verizon 2022 DBIR, web applications are the number one vector, and not surprisingly, they are also connected to the high number of denial of service attacks. This pairing, along with the growing use of stolen credentials (commonly targeting some form of a web application), is consistent with what has been seen for the past few years. 

But existing security teams are spread thin and don't always have the expertise or time to continuously monitor and detect these types of threats. So as an option, organisations can deploy Fastly Next-Gen WAF for accurate protection. In addition, they can now further enhance this protection with Fastly's Managed Security Service.    

Fastly Managed Security Service will continuously monitor and proactively mitigate web application attacks, all backed by a 15-minute SLA response time for critical security incidents. It will be combined with robust post-event reporting and regular, strategic security consultation to ensure the highest level of application protection to strengthen an organisation's overall security posture. Staffed 24/7 by Fastly's global Customer Security Operations Centre (CSOC), this service enables in-house teams to improve their security posture and focus on their core competencies, strategic initiatives, and high-impact projects.

“Today’s defenders face an uphill battle against cyber adversaries due to an exploding attack surface and increasing volumetric attacks, particularly DDoS attacks. At the same time, security teams want to reduce complexity and prioritise their resources,” says Gino Lang, Vice President of Customer Security, Fastly. 

“By providing global 24/7 proactive protection, Fastly Managed Security Service delivers comprehensive visibility and the expert staff needed to quickly identify and mitigate potential threats. This frees up organisations to focus their security staff on other business priorities.”

The latest announcement builds on the success of Fastly’s Response Security Service and other security offerings. 

“Fastly’s decision to extend its next-generation security capabilities to offer a managed security service is a natural evolution and reconfirms the company’s commitment to protecting organisations from today’s agile and persistent adversaries,” adds Christopher Rodriguez, IDC Research Director, Security and Trust.                                                                                                                                                             

IDC recently recognised Fastly as a leader in the "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Commercial CDN Services 2022 Vendor assessment", highlighting the company's ability to create fast, dynamic, and secure digital experiences.                                                                  

“Fastly’s powerful and programmable edge cloud platform helps the world’s top brands deliver the fastest online experiences possible, while improving site performance, enhancing security, and empowering innovation at global scale. Compared to legacy providers, Fastly’s powerful and modern network architecture is the fastest on the planet, empowering developers to deliver secure websites and apps at global scale with rapid time-to-market and industry-leading cost savings.,” adds Lang.  

“Thousands of the world's most prominent organisations trust Fastly to help them upgrade the internet experience, including Reddit, Pinterest, Stripe, Neiman Marcus, The New York Times, Epic Games, and GitHub. Australia and New Zealand customers include Freelancer, Kogan, Linktree, Nine, NRL, Radio New Zealand, Seven Network, Trademe and Vodafone."

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