The IT security team at Combination was tasked with finding a security provider that satisfied very strict Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI) compliance requirements and data protection measures as well as their own objective to not decelerate their own system processes with a compute-heavy solution. As the gambling industry started gaining traction online, so too did Combination with a majority of their business moving to cloud gaming technology from physical slot machines. The technology behind both varies in the information collected and stored. While slot machines are often played using coins or cash, online gambling requires a dependency on personal credentials and credit card information to be consistently stored. In moving towards online gambling, Combination began looking more closely for ways to better protect valuable data and personal identifiable information (PII).
While Combination was interested in making their systems more secure, with increased visibility and control over data flows, the company was also used to working in a fast-paced environment. With such a lean development team, they worked at a very high pace to match their high demand, which meant their team needed the best equipment and high processing speeds. Therefore, they were not interested in a data protection solution that would slow down their daily work activities. Much of their research into DLP solutions revealed a multitude of heavy solutions that would do just what they were attempting to avoid. After settling for a competitor solution, Combination found it resource intensive, often taking two to three times longer for a developer to build an application. At this pace, the lean development team would not be able to keep up with demand and they sought an alternative solution.