Akamai Debuts Cloud-Based Web App Firewall

Thought that just an IPS was enough? Nope — Akamai says you need a WAF, and the CDN giant thinks it has just the solution. eSecurityPlanet has the details.

Providing security in the cloud isn’t just about providing IPS-type security that protects the network against attack — there is also a need to protect against application vulnerabilities, as well.

That’s where Akamai’s new Web Application Firewall (WAF) service fits in.

The new WAF service is an add-on for users of Akamai’s (NASDAQ: AKAM) content delivery network (CDN), the EdgePlatform. As opposed to an IPS, which blocks network-layer attacks, the general idea behind a WAF is that it protects against application-layer attacks.

Because the Akamai WAF is a cloud-based managed service, no additional hardware is required for the WAF for client usage, and company officials said the WAF doesn’t introduce additional latency to client applications and Web sites.

Read the full story at eSecurityPlanet.com

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