Gulf Air reinforces IT infrastructure against potential DDoS attacks

The airline will reinforce its network perimeter with F5 DDoS Hybrid Defender.

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Gulf Air reinforces IT infrastructure against potential DDoS attacks (L-R): Taj El Khayat, Gulf, Levant & North Africa director, F5 Networks, and Dr. Jassim Haji, director of Information Technology, Gulf Air.
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  July 5, 2017

In an effort to step up network security and strengthen resistance again Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks, Gulf Air has signed up with F5 to deploy its DDoS Hybrid Defender platform.

In addition to strengthening its network perimeter, the solution will allow the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain to improve data centre and application level security. It will also improve processes related to data management and access control.

Dr. Jassim Haji, director of Information Technology, Gulf Air, commented: "Combating DDoS attacks requires a purpose-built system-level architecture that detects and mitigates increasingly sophisticated, complex and deceptive attacks.

"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's implementation of F5 DDoS Hybrid Defender is the latest digital advancement undertaken by the air carrier. Recent implementations include Gulf Air's adoption of Microsoft Azure Cloud, as well as passenger re-accommodation and mobile concierge services from Sabre.

Specifically from F5, Gulf Air has implemented a number of the IT company's solutions over the past eight years, which include F5 BIG-I® Local Traffic Manager and F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager. The airline reportedly runs over 200 applications online supported by F5.

Commenting on the ever expanding partnership, Taj El Khayat, Gulf, Levant & North Africa director, F5 Networks, shared: "We are extremely proud of our long-standing relationship with Gulf Air, which is a case in point for how forward-looking, app-centric planning - combined with robust business objectives - can yield genuinely transformational results.

"F5 DDoS Hybrid Defender is not simply a collection of security point products but a tightly integrated system to defend against today's most damaging DDoS attacks. We are delighted that it is already proving its operational value."

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