Web Application Security Buyer’s Guide

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The key is to leverage a comprehensive web application security platform that includes web application firewall (WAF) access control, and advanced protection against API and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, as well as malicious bot traffic, not just stand-alone products. A stand-alone WAF is not enough protection in today's environment, according to one recent study. Although 73 percent of security professionals say their organizations are covered by a WAF, only 19 percent say they feel completely prepared for a web attack. In addition, 45 percent remain concerned about sensitive data being exposed. 3 These days, a WAF is essential, but it is only one aspect of a successful approach to protecting your organization from web attacks. With the staggering growth of malicious botnets and DDoS attacks, you need to complement the WAF with a comprehensive, intelligent, and strategic approach to cybersecurity. This means an advanced WAF featuring solutions for API security, malware protection, and bot management as part of an integrated platform that covers you across all potential vulnerabilities, including protection against DDoS attacks. Even more important, you should use a cloud- based WAF service because of the very specific advantages that you can only get in the cloud. These include: • Reduced Complexity: A cloud service is easy to use and will not require that you add internal resources, whether investing in ever-changing technology or ever-harder-to-find employees. • Faster Access to Innovation: With a cloud WAF solution you can stay current with security technology advances and maximize shared threat intelligence. 3 "Intelligent Web Application Security," Spiceworks, May 30, 2018 • Unparalleled Expertise: With a managed cloud service, you can access cybersecurity experts on demand, whenever you need them. • Multicloud Support: The right solution will allow you to leverage and protect multiple public cloud services, as well as existing data centers and CDNs across your entire organization with a consistent security posture. What should you look for in a comprehensive cloud cybersecurity solution? In this paper, we explore the most important features to look for and why you need them. We also discuss why a cloud model makes sense for the vast majority of organizations, and the importance of partners with solutions that offer managed security for their products, particularly for organizations that don't have robust internal cybersecurity teams. Why an Integrated Cybersecurity Platform? Cybercriminals know no bounds and their motivations are broad. Some attack for financial gain, others for political reasons—and some attacks appear to have no discernable motive at all, other than to cause disruption. The availability of tools and attack methods that can be easily accessed on the dark web has made it easier than ever for anyone to execute attacks. Today's criminals don't necessarily have to be experts, they just need to know where to find them. They look for your greatest vulnerabilities and attempt to exploit them. Also, they are becoming increasingly adept at using automation techniques, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning in their efforts to stay one or more steps ahead of your defenses. If your organization is fighting back using conventional on-premises security solutions that are not fully integrated and not managed from a central 2 WEB APPLICATION SECURITY BUYER'S GUIDE: LEVERAGING THE BENEFITS OF CLOUD WEB APPLICATION SECURITY TO ADDRESS AN EVOLVING THREAT LANDSCAPE

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