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Maintaining availability while under attack: How Whitbread and Costa mitigate DDoS attacks 

While Distributed Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS) attacks are one of the oldest types of threats against websites, they are constantly evolving, making it harder to defend against them. Today, attackers use large armies of automated “bots” to create DDoS attacks on a very large scale.

According to Ponemon Institute’s recent report on credential stuffing* it’s estimated that more than 30% of bot attacks go undetected and an average successful attack can cost upwards of $6M.

Retailers are a key target of such attacks with the cost of being offline for even a few hours huge in terms of both lost revenue and also brand reputation.

In this webinar, Jay Coley, Senior Director – Security Planning and Strategy, Akamai Technologies will be interviewing Paul Draper, Solutions Architect, Whitbread to learn what security strategies Whitbread implement to ensure that they are always available.

In this webinar you’ll learn:

  • What type of attacks Whitbread see on their platform
  • How Whitbread block such attacks
  • Lessons learnt and tops tips from system integrations
  • Whitbread’s plans for the future to ensure they remain 100% available

Jay was an early Prolexic addition, now part of Akamai, in 2006 and has held senior positions in Network and Security Architecture. With over 20 years of Security and Network Engineering experience in both the military and commercial high-tech Jay currently leads Akamai’s EMEA Web Security Specialist Team. The WSS organisation provides Akamai with a strong group of architectural and industry specialisation for Akamai’s Security organisation.

Paul has over a decades experience in designing, implementing and securing large scale digital platforms for blue chip/FTSE 100 organisations. Paul has a passion for integration and security and is keen to embed security into the design ensuring it can be delivered as part of the wider Agile delivery roadmap. He is currently accountable for the digital transformation initiative at Costa Coffee and reports to the Whitbread Group CTO. Paul holds an undergraduate degree in Software Engineering, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance. He also obtained his CISSP (Certified Information System Security Professional) and is TOGAF 9.1 Certified.

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