The data dome, the rising electronic mass, that rises…

The conclusion is clear. As the economy continues to digitalize, the cyber threat is exploding that burdens companies and departments: according to the National Agency for Information Systems Security (ANSSI), the number of confirmed intrusions more than tripled between 2020 and 2021 alone. The landscape of threats, fraud and botnet attacks are on the rise. “In 2021 we are seeing a 47% increase in bot fraud in the digital business.”Says Jill Walbra, Technical Director of DataDome, a young Parisian company that specializes in protecting e-commerce websites, and a favorite target of malicious bots. And not just on websites, mobile apps are no less targeted. Among these malicious acts are: attacks that send batches of connections to saturate a site (distributed denial of service, DDoS), bots that buy limited-edition items to resell on a parallel market at a high price (“speculation”), website content theft (“scrape”) , etc., is becoming more and more complex and effective. With, at times, potentially disastrous consequences for the e-merchant’s business.

A step forward with artificial intelligence

To detect and stop malicious bots, DataDome has developed an innovative SaaS platform: an AI-based detection engine that analyzes more than a trillion signals daily across 25 points of presence around the world. Technology with a machine learning algorithm, which is updated in real time. “This means that we are always one step ahead of the attackers.”, says Jill Walbro. In other words, the threat is blocked as soon as it is detected. Another peculiarity, a customized approach. “We strive to understand threats that specifically target our customers’ activities rather than providing them with an overly general cybersecurity solution. »notes the technical director of this company created in 2015, which today has about 130 employees and doubles its customer base every year.

his ambition? Become a global leader in online fraud protection. To do this, the conglomerate, headquartered in New York, also has offices in Singapore, as well as in Paris, and last year raised $35 million from venture capital fund Elephant as well as from its historic investor, Isai, in order to fund its international expansion, particularly in the United States. United, which accounts for nearly half of its business. In this way, you have found a key ally: the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud.

Global presence in the cloud

“Thanks to cloud technology, we can be globally present, closer to our customers and their users”says Jill Walbro. This means good performance for our clients’ sites because in this way our detection engine is very close to their web server and latency is reduced between the two”. It’s enough to let DataDome deliver on its promise: process requests in real time and act instantly on traffic. Another advantage is reliability. “As a provider of a cybersecurity solution, we have no right to fall! Otherwise we will allow traffic to pass and therefore security will not be guaranteed.Explain this official. “Cloud infrastructures and especially their availability are vital to our solution.” As part of this partnership, “AWS provides us with an infrastructure with the necessary security standards at the IT level and supports us by providing us with the professionals with whom we work to develop our infrastructure to be state-of-the-art”, develops Jill Walbro. Likewise, partnering with a cloud provider is implied “DataDome customer support on AWS platforms. At the same time, AWS customers whose security needs align with our core business are being redirected to our solutions”he explains.

Finally, the startup is a beneficiary of the AWS Migration Acceleration Program (MAP), which supports businesses in their migration to the cloud. Thus armed, DataDome intends to impose itself on the promising and competitive anti-bot protection market. A race driven by talent, too: By the end of the year, DataDome aims to have a workforce of 200 employees to strengthen its teams and continue their ascent.