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Inside IdentityMind’s Secure Cloud Migration

IdentityMind Global is making the move to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. But first, the company is bolstering its security and de-risking the migration with a next-generation web application firewall (WAF) and DDoS protection from the Oracle Dyn Web Application Security suite.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based IdentityMind — which lives by the motto, “digital identities you can trust” — offers a widely used SaaS platform that builds, maintains, and analyzes digital identities worldwide. Business clients depend on the IdentityMind platform for a wide variety of compliance and risk management services.

IdentityMind’s service needs to be up and running 24x7x365 — and that’s one of the reasons the company is migrating its SaaS platform and IT systems to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. But it’s also adding an extra layer of security with the cloud-based Oracle Dyn Web Application Security suite.

“Clients rely on our continuous uptime, reliability, and data security to keep their businesses running smoothly,” said Rodrigo Balan, director of IT operations at IdentityMind. “We take security and the privacy of our clients’ data very seriously. We need to make sure that we have all the protections necessary to minimize risks for the company and our clients.”

Why Oracle Dyn Web Application Security?

Secure cloud migration is a major issue that must be addressed. Businesses require a security solution that protects their IT infrastructure before, during, and after the migration. IdentityMind determined the best way to meet this requirement was to implement Oracle Dyn Web Application Security a full six months before making the move to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

One of the biggest challenges enterprises face during cloud migrations is maintaining a strong security posture. Oracle understands this concern and has built tools and solutions that support a secure cloud migration. Oracle calls this process “lift and shift.”

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure lift and shift
How Oracle Cloud Infrastructure de-risks cloud migrations

To de-risk this lift and shift, the old infrastructure is secured by Oracle Dyn Web Application Security (WAF and DDoS Protection) before the migration. Then IdentityMind can peacefully migrate applications to the new target infrastructure whenever it is ready, while maintaining its security posture.

The company chose to go live with the suite’s WAF and unlimited DDoS Protection components. Additional modules include Bot Manager, Malware Protection, and API Protection. Each module is cloud-based and offered as a 24/7 managed service.

“The platform gives us better visibility into security risks and lets us know what kind of malicious traffic is targeting our environment,” Balan said.

Why Oracle Cloud Infrastructure?

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure makes it easier for IdentityMind to add new services and features to its platform. With Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, IdentityMind can quickly scale to address the explosive growth of its business, while also meeting the performance demands of real-time, big data analytics for risk and compliance applications.

“Before we chose Oracle, we weren’t happy with provisioning times,” Balan said. “It was simply taking too much time to provision new servers and deploy new services and features. It was the combination of these requirements that prompted us to migrate to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.”

After its secure cloud migration, IdentityMind plans to use insights gleaned from Oracle Dyn Web Application Security as it continues to refine, re-architect, and enhance the security of its digital identity platform.

“It’s all about protecting our clients’ data and peace of mind and continuing to build a more resilient platform,” Balan said.

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Mark Brunelli
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Mark Brunelli is a Content Specialist at Oracle Dyn. He writes about DNS, cloud infrastructure, networking, and edge security. He previously covered data management and IT security for TechTarget and several other online publications.