by Adam Dworak

Strengthening iGaming Cyber Security: A Collaborative Approach by SOFTSWISS and Cloudflare

In the rapidly evolving digital landscape, the iGaming industry faces a myriad of cyber security challenges that threaten the integrity and safety of its operations.

Recognizing the critical nature of these challenges, SOFTSWISS, a distinguished iGaming software provider, has joined forces with Cloudflare, Inc., a frontrunner in connectivity cloud solutions, to share their invaluable experience in fortifying defenses against cyber threats. Their joint case study illuminates the prevalent cyber security issues within the industry, aiming to enhance the overall security posture of iGaming entities.

The Cyber Security Conundrum in iGaming

The iGaming sector is continuously targeted by cybercriminals, with Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks and malicious bot activities being the most common forms of aggression. These adversaries primarily aim to compromise financial data and other personally identifiable information (PII), posing significant risks to players and operators alike.

SOFTSWISS’s Proactive Defense Strategy

To combat these threats, SOFTSWISS has developed a multi-faceted strategy that adapts to the ever-changing cyber threat landscape. This approach emphasizes the importance of internal vigilance, prioritizing response and continuity plans, and investing in advanced skills to stay ahead of potential threats.

Moreover, SOFTSWISS champions proactive communication and transparency in the aftermath of incidents, ensuring that all stakeholders are informed and prepared.

Leveraging Cloudflare’s Global Network

In response to its expanding user base, SOFTSWISS has strategically migrated part of its security infrastructure to Cloudflare’s comprehensive suite of tools. By tapping into Cloudflare’s extensive global network, SOFTSWISS has witnessed a significant performance boost, with up to a 20% improvement in traffic flow from its EU-based data centers to distant regions like Southeast Asia and South America. This long-standing collaboration in the cloud has not only bolstered SOFTSWISS’s security posture but also contributed to its business growth.

Sergey Kastukevich, the Deputy CTO of SOFTSWISS, highlighted the value of their partnership with Cloudflare, stating, “Last year, cyber security returned with renewed vigour into the iGaming industry, which faced a few large-scale attacks. Having such a reliable partner as Cloudflare helps us ensure the safety of our products and fight threats more effectively. Cloudflare acts as the sole entry point to our network infrastructure, protecting us from various attacks, especially at the network and transport layers. Cloudflare’s protection allows us to concentrate our security efforts on fewer attack vectors, freeing up resources to improve our products for clients.”

Andy Lockhart, VP EMEA at Cloudflare, added, “Businesses like SOFTSWISS operating in the iGaming, sports betting, and online gambling industry need to implement a solid and holistic connected performance and cybersecurity solution. Just in the fourth quarter of 2023, Cloudflare blocked an average of 182 billion cyber threats each day globally.”

Our Comment on the Collaboration

The strategic alliance between SOFTSWISS and Cloudflare represents a significant leap forward in bolstering the cyber security framework of the iGaming industry. Their collaborative efforts underscore the importance of integrating advanced technological solutions and strategic partnerships to counteract the evolving cyber threats.

This case study not only serves as a testament to their commitment to cyber security but also as a beacon for other industry players to follow suit in safeguarding their digital landscapes. As the iGaming industry continues to grow, partnerships like these will be pivotal in ensuring a safe and secure gaming environment for all stakeholders.

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