Web Application Protector is designed to easily safeguard web assets from DDoS and web application attacks, while improving performance. Built on the globally distributed Akamai Intelligent Edge Platform™, Web Application Protector offers quick installation and self-deploying rules for high performance, scalability, global security intelligence, and operational simplicity.
Keep protection current
WAF leverages insights gained from hundreds of Akamai security experts and the latest machine learning algorithms — analyzing several petabytes of threat data — to keep protections current. With automatic rule updates, you don’t need to keep track of the latest security threats yourself.
Detect threats out of the box
Akamai interacts with 1.3 billion devices and harvests 130 TB of threat data every single day, discovers new threat vectors as they evolve, and continuously updates WAF rules. Akamai WAF detection logic is so advanced that it often catches zero-day attacks.
Deploy and manage easily
A sophisticated security tool doesn’t need to be complex. Web Application Protector uses automation to simplify the setup and tuning of security policies. It bundles rules and detection logic into eight categories for easier tuning, and they’re updated on an ongoing basis by Akamai security experts.
Protect your growing attack surface
Today’s more digitally connected environments process more API traffic than ever before. Web Application Protector extends the same high level of protection to your APIs, automatically inspecting all JSON and XML content for risks.
Control bot traffic
Don’t let the wrong kind of traffic slow down or interrupt your online business. Web Application Protector stops noisy bots, preventing large volumes of automatic traffic from overwhelming your applications or infrastructure.
Secure applications across environments
Protect your applications wherever they reside ― on premises, in the cloud, or across multiple cloud providers ― with a single security solution. Respond quickly to business needs by simplifying security management.
Online traffic connects to your web applications through the closest Akamai edge server with Web Application Protector. The server inspects web traffic to detect and block DDoS and web application attacks, while delivering web content to legitimate users. Backed by the Akamai Intelligent Edge Platform of more than 240,000 servers around the world, Web Application Protector is designed to scale to stop the largest attacks at the edge ― before they reach your applications.
Web Application Protector DDoS and application-layer security simplify the task of securing your applications with automated updates to security protections. With visibility into attacks against thousands of Akamai customers, advanced machine learning algorithms continuously refine security policies — and transparently update your configuration without requiring human intervention.
Web Application Protector allows you to deploy your security configurations in just a few clicks to protect your applications faster.
By evaluating changing attack patterns on the Akamai platform and updating detection logic, Web Application Protector provides precise threat identification without requiring you to manage security policies.
Automatic API inspection
Web Application Protector automatically inspects JSON and XML traffic for attacks using the same signatures as traditional web traffic.
Defending your applications from DDoS attacks, Web Application Protector is designed to automatically drop network-layer attacks at the edge and respond to application-layer attacks within seconds to minimize any downtime.
Leveraging visibility into the latest attacks on the largest online organizations, Akamai continuously and transparently updates Web Application Protector security protections to save you time and effort.
Benefit from performance enhancements on the Akamai content delivery network, such as advanced offload capabilities, to improve website performance even when under attack.
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Hybrid cloud security
Security teams responsible for protecting applications deployed across multiple cloud environments can leverage a single set of controls to maintain a consistent security posture. Akamai security makes it easy for you to scale resources to quickly meet business demands.
Web Application Protector provides always-on protection for DDoS attacks. Supported by the Akamai Intelligent Edge Platform that delivers more than 72-82 Tbps of traffic, Web Application Protector is designed to respond to network and application-layer attacks within seconds with the capacity to absorb the largest, most aggressive DDoS attacks.
Web Application Protector provides fully automated API security. Detection logic automatically inspects JSON and XML requests for risks without special configuration. Easy-to-tune detection logic allows you to adjust settings for your specific business needs.
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2Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls, Jeremy D'Hoinne | Adam Hils | Ayal Tirosh | Claudio Neiva, 29 August 2018.
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