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DevOps And Security In Practice At Chef – A Case Study

DevOps, DevSecOps, Web Application Security

DevOps and Security in Practice at Chef – A Case Study

Chef’s mission is to help transformative companies become fast, efficient, and innovative software-driven organizations. The solutions and technologies they create enable teams from innovative global companies, including Facebook, IHG, and IBM.

In order to better enable their customers, Chef has always been committed to security; Chef’s engineering group demanded a web application security solution that could scale with their business. They needed a solution that could provide a full spectrum of security visibility and ease of use for their developers without negatively impacting performance.

Chef needed a security solution that could work effectively and at the speed of DevOps. And after evaluating other WAF solutions, they found that Signal Sciences modern security approach was a natural extension of what Chef wanted to accomplish. With Signal Sciences Web Protection Platform, Chef is now able to keep their customers secure, but at the speed and scale of DevOps.

With Signal Sciences Web Protection Platform, we have the confidence to continue moving forward as fast as we can because we now have the same awareness on the security of our applications as we have always had on operational performance.”

– Ben Rockwood, Director of IT & Operations at Chef


Signal Sciences Web Protection Platform
(WPP) protects Chef’s platform as they handle large quantity of requests that contain embedded code segments without false positives or the fear of breaking legitimate traffic. Signal Sciences intelligent cloud analysis engine provides highly accurate detections and provides a full context of the entire attack chain.  

We can diagnose, triage, and solve security problems just like we would any other operational problem,” said Ben Rockwood, Director of IT & Operations at Chef. Chef’s team now has full confidence that any attacks will be automatically detected and blocked and relevant alerts will be surfaced through their existing DevOps tool chain.

Signal Sciences Web Protection Platform is a security solution that DevOps teams like Chef actually want to use.

Want to learn more on how to get security and DevOps right?
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Signal Sciences Web Protection Platform (WPP) provides comprehensive threat protection and security visibility for web applications, microservices, and APIs on any platform. Built by practitioners, for practitioners, it is the only solution that works seamlessly across any cloud and infrastructure. Signal Sciences customers include Under Armour, Etsy, Yelp/Eat 24, Datadog, WeWork and more. The company is headquartered in Culver City, CA. For more information, please visit

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