Mastercard strengthens customer security with new AI Cyber ShieldMarch 20, 2023 | Purchase, NY
Acquisition of Baffin Bay Networks enhances multi-layered protection against cyber risk
Mastercard today acquired cloud-based cybersecurity company Baffin Bay Networks to better help businesses deal with the increasingly challenging nature of cyberattacks.
Baffin Bay Networks, based in Sweden, adds to Mastercard’s multi-layered approach to cybersecurity and helps to stop attacks, while mitigating exposure to risk across the ecosystem. The acquisition further strengthens Mastercard’s broader services offerings and value beyond the payment transaction.
Today’s increasingly digital world has delivered greater convenience and increased opportunities for people, businesses and governments. At the same time, it has exposed the need to strengthen protection against criminals who exploit this technology through malware, ransomware and distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks. For example, in 2022 alone, DDoS attacks rose by 22%.
To counter these threats, Mastercard will integrate its solutions into a single cyber service available to all its customers across the world. Its existing RiskRecon data analytics enables organizations to identify vulnerabilities in advance. Customers will now benefit from Baffin Bay’s automated Threat Protection service, which helps to stop attackers from penetrating or taking down cyber systems.
“We see trust as central to securing the future of our digital world. The addition of Baffin Bay Network’s instantaneous, predictive and cloud-based AI technology to our existing analytical capabilities will deliver a leading, singular cyber solution," said Ajay Bhalla, president of Cyber and Intelligence at Mastercard. “This will enable us to provide our customers across the world with faster, smarter and more effective protection from cyber risk."
Baffin Bay Networks’ cloud-based solution uses the latest in AI technology to automatically filter and counteract malicious internet traffic. It has a proven track record of mitigating or preventing costly and potentially catastrophic breach cyber events.
“Our cloud-based Threat Protection service provides a simple and effective way to safeguard against application and network-level attacks,” said Joakim Sundberg, founder and chief technology officer at Baffin Bay Networks. "Our two companies share this vision: to provide our customers with security and trust. We are thrilled to join the Mastercard family to expand our impact across the globe.”
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About Baffin Bay Networks
Baffin Bay Networks is a cyber technology company based in Sweden. Baffin Bay Networks’ cloud-based Threat Protection Platform delivers a simple and effective way to mitigate both application and network level attacks - giving customers instant security maturity from seasoned industry experts. The platform is backed by machine learning and enriched with threat intelligence from a global threat research team. It stops DDoS-attacks with precision and provides data to help make proactive decisions about a customer’s security policies. It detects nefarious behaviour and only stops the ones that are out to cause damage. Its Web Application Platform leverages machine learning to identify vulnerabilities and automates protection as your applications change.
About Mastercard (NYSE: MA)
Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.