Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 23 - Page 48

COUNTRY FOCUS: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN Gulf Air reveals DDoS step- change to boost security and customer service G ulf Air has revealed a cybersecurity step-change as part of an ongoing campaign to safeguard its operations and deliver industry-leading customer service. purpose-built system-level architecture that detects and mitigates increasingly sophisticated, complex and deceptive attacks,” said Dr Jassim Haji, Director of Information Technology, Gulf Air. Gulf Air has reinforced its network perimeter to pre-empt and combat Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks, improve data centre and application-level security and further enhance data and access protection measures. A key component of Gulf Air’s DDoS strategy is the deployment of the F5® DDoS Hybrid Defender™. “The solution delivers instantaneous controls and security measures against complex threats, exploits, saturation attacks, with an in-depth security mechanism that inspects application- layer events. It offers protection at all layers, protecting protocols – including those employing SSL and TLS encryption – as well as stopping DDoS bursts, randomised HTTP floods, cache bypass, and other attacks that can disrupt Gulf Air’s critical applications.” Gulf Air was keen to select a solution with an industry-leading, multi- layered defence mechanism against both blended network attacks and sophisticated application attacks. The DDoS Hybrid Defender’s features include full SSL decryption, anti-bot capabilities, and advanced detection methods. This ensures high line rate capabilities without impacting legitimate traffic. Crucially, the solution is compatible with Gulf Air’s current perimeter security controls to minimise maintenance efforts. “Combating DDoS attacks requires a 48 INTELLIGENTCIO Gulf Air’s new DDoS capabilities fits into a wider digital transformation vision that was recently underscored by becoming the world’s first airline to achieve seven IT ISO certifications. In 2012, it became the first business in Bahrain to introduce private cloud computing. Technology is at the forefront of Gulf Air’s recent resurgence which has been driven by a number of major cost saving initiatives. Gulf Air is always thriving by deploying state of the art technological solutions according to the latest trends “The solution delivers instantaneous controls and security measures against complex threats, exploits and saturation attacks.” that swipe the aviation industry, and has been awarded in several international and regional forums. Moreover, it is the first airline in the world to receive seven ISO certificates in Information Technology. Gulf Air’s DDoS Hybrid Defender is the latest in a long line of F5 deployments over the past eight years. Other Application Delivery Controller (ADC) solutions in use include F5® BIG- IP® Local Traffic Manager™ (to simplify, automate, and customise application delivery) and F5 BIG-IP® Access Policy