Building a secure Azure environment template for our client to roll out to 60 customer environments using Application Gateway Web Application Firewall and Network Virtual Appliance Firewall.
Structured Power BI training and co-development for creating compelling, client-facing visualizations that the client can support.
Secured environments in Azure
Our client recently completed a FastTrack engagement with Microsoft, designed to establish a customer environment template in Azure to support the client’s contracted service offering. Our client intended to duplicate the environment 59 times, establishing one environment for each of their 60 customers.
Upon completion of the template, the client determined that the firewall offerings inside Azure Firewall did not sufficiently meet their security requirements.
The challenge was to provide them with a security architecture that would support all the environments at a sustainable cost and still meet their requirements.
“We appreciate your service on this SOW! I think we are nearing the completion of the additional work on our side to move forward. We certainly would not be at this point without your team’s help. Thank you!”
- VP of Technical Service
Beyond Impact’s global security and network teams jumped into action. We met with the client to validate the requirements and perform discovery on their environment. Our findings concluded that six of the requirements were consistent across every environment, but one requirement was variable depending on the customer.
The solution selected required two components: 1) Application Gateway Web Application Firewall (WAF); 2) Network Virtual Appliance Firewall. WAF is a standard component within Azure and merely required enablement and configuration. The NVA solution required the implementation of an NVA pair in high availability mode, scrutinizing the inbound and outbound traffic to the segregated environments.
Four NVA options were assessed. Upon analysis, two were ruled out as they were unable to address all the hard requirements. The third was ruled out due to its inability to provide high availability. Fortinet was chosen as the NVA, as it met all requirements. Beyond Impact provided the architecture, diagrams, documentation, configuration change direction, and specifications of the NVA relative to model and licensing.
Beyond Impact team members mentored the client’s network team through the implementation process.
Within a week, the solution had been implemented and traffic was traversing the secured environment. During testing, some minor complications were encountered and addressed. Beyond Impact rolled off the project leaving the client with solid documentation and a solution that met their needs along with flexibility to meet future obligations. Our client now has a workable Azure security architecture that will enable them to migrate their client instances to Azure in a consistent and secure fashion.
Engaging Training and Sustainable Co-Development
Barlow Research Associates, Inc. provides data-driven analytics and action-oriented consulting to the commercial banking industry. Barlow’s process of gathering and analyzing market data provides their clients with a competitive advantage and insights to make decisions.
Before working with Beyond Impact, Barlow presented their findings back to clients in well-organized, yet flat views of the content. Specifically, insights were presented in static PowerPoint. This did not allow them to show dynamic visualizations or interactions with the source data.
As a progressive organization, Barlow was looking for a modern way to present the outputs to their clients and drive more compelling storytelling. They realized that Power BI would be an excellent tool for this mission.
Beyond Impact was selected for this effort and used our knowledge of Power BI to transform their presentation materials into a set of compelling visualizations that Barlow could use with their clients.
“...Beyond Impact found the sweet spot: they worked with us to help us learn and ensure that we met our goals. Our clients are happy, our team is energized, and we’re very happy with the results.”
- John Pike, CTO Barlow Research
The Barlow team was very pleased with the end result and so were their clients. Not only did Beyond Impact create a visually appealing Power BI solution, we also completed a full knowledge transfer and Power BI training.
Once the work was completed, Barlow was able to completely own the solution and came away with a new skill set to better serve their internal and external customers.