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Which Web Application Firewalls to choose for greater security?

We can’t turn our backs on reality: The use of public web applications is still very popular all over the world, which opens a big security gap, especially if those applications are used in business environments.

The firewall has become the first line of defense and continues to be essential for making applications more secure. Web Application Firewalls (WAF) help protect your web applications or APIs from sophisticated web attacks.

They are widely used precisely because they are capable of generating real-time policies and making IP address agnostic detection to prevent access to robot-generated traffic. An application firewall provides immediate response to known attacks without blocking legitimate user traffic during the attack and also protects against all OWASP Top 10 attacks.

If you are about to choose a Web Application Firewall (WAF), follow this list because it might help you make a better choice:

1. AppWall. Radware’s Web Application Firewall: This firewall ensures fast, reliable, and secure delivery of mission-critical web applications for corporate networks and in the Cloud. It combines both positive and negative security models to provide complete protection against web application attacks, web application attacks behind CDNs, API manipulations, advanced HTTP attacks (slowloris, dynamic floods), brute force attacks on login pages and more.

2. FortiWeb, the Fortinet Web Application Firewall: FortiWeb takes a comprehensive approach to protecting web applications, including IP reputation, DDoS protection, protocol validation, application attack signatures and bot mitigation to defend your application against a wide range of threats. This firewall customizes the protection for each application, providing robust protection without requiring time-consuming manual tuning. FortiWeb offers deployment options that can protect business applications, no matter where the application is hosted. Options include hardware appliances, virtual machines and containers that can be deployed in the data center, in Cloud (Link to) environments or in the cloud-native SaaS solution.

Citrix Web App Firewall: Only Citrix Web App Firewall uses a single code base across all ADC form factors, so you can consistently apply and enforce security policies across any environment. It is easy to deploy and available as a single license, enabling simplified configuration, bot management, and holistic visibility and control with a single control panel. Citrix Web App Firewall blocked 100 percent of attacks in 8 out the 10 OWASP categories, achieving an overall block rate of 99.07%, as revealed in the 2017 NSS Labs Web Application Firewall Test Report. 

4. F5 Advanced WAF: From the application-layer encryption to protection against credential and data theft to L7 DDoS detection that uses machine learning and behavioral analytics, F5 Advanced WAF offers protection from web exploits and application vulnerabilities (CVE), bot protection, protection from credential attacks, real-time threat intelligence and reputation, and API security.

5. Amazon Web Services WAF: This firewall gives you control over how traffic reaches your applications by enabling you to create security rules that block common attack patterns, such as SQL injection or cross-site scripting, and rules that filter out traffic patterns. It also gives near real-time visibility into your web traffic, which you can use to create new rules or alerts in Amazon CloudWatch. AWS WAF is easy to deploy and protect applications deployed on either Amazon CloudFront as part of your CDN solution, the application load balancer that fronts all your origin servers, or Amazon API Gateway for your APIs.

Are you ready to protect your web applications? For more in-depth advice on what is best for your business, you can count on Globenet International.

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