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Melbourne Airport bolsters DDoS protections with Cloudflare

Melbourne Airport has announced that it has bolstered its cyber security with upgrades to DDoS protections and more.

user icon Daniel Croft
Tue, 08 Aug 2023
Melbourne Airport bolsters DDoS protections with Cloudflare
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As part of the measures, the airport has shifted its network perimeter to Cloudflare’s global network edge and adopted its web application firewall (WAF) to protect its public-facing network and IT systems from distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

“The entire airport is a broad technological ecosystem that supports a vast mix of enterprise and operational systems. I can’t understate its complexity,” said the chief information officer for Melbourne Airport, Anthony Tomai.

As Tomai pointed out, maintaining cyber security for Melbourne Airport is a serious task, as its 25 million customers and 40 airline partners rely on the airport to deliver a vast array of IT-supported services.

To deliver better cyber security practices, Cloudflare partnered with Melbourne Airport after the cyber security organisation evaluated the airport’s WAF. In addition, Melbourne Airport’s network visibility was bolstered, allowing its protection policies to be more easily modified.

According to incident response manager Evan Thomson, the airport “quickly strengthened our protections for our publicly facing assets”, which allowed it to secure its “externally exposed URLs and restricting problematic traffic from inappropriate international sources”.

Following this, Melbourne Airport said it was advised to invest in better DDoS protection measures, which prompted the move of its network perimeter to Cloudflare global network edge.

This was achieved using Cloudflare’s Magic Transit solution, taking only 36 hours.

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