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WAF and DDoS protection, simplified

Web Application Protector is designed to easily safeguard web assets from web application and DDoS 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.

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Powerful and Simple Web Application Firewall & DDoS Protection

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Many organizations want both protection and performance, but they lack cybersecurity resources. Web Application Protector does not require hardware, is easy to turn on, and protects applications out of the box. In short, it’s perfect for organizations that know they need a WAF but do not want to manage one.

Don’t forgo web application security just because you don’t know how to implement it.

Because Akamai is used by over 6,000 of the largest online companies, we have visibility into huge volume of legitimate and malicious traffic across the world and across many industries. We stop attack traffic in the cloud, often one hop away from the attacker, and long before it reaches your data center or cloud infrastructure.

Akamai’s Web Application Protector is a self-managing WAF that is easy to set up and maintain, even without IT expertise. Let us do the heavy lifting for you.

Deploy Quickly

Configure Web Application Protector’s security protections in just a few clicks to get your applications protected faster.

Easy to Manage

To protect your applications with less effort, Akamai continuously and transparently updates the included security protections with no human intervention required.

Operate your business more securely online

Protect your applications from DDoS and web application attacks to reduce the risk of downtime and data theft, and operate more securely online.

Protect revenue, customer loyalty, and brand equity

Attack surfaces keep shifting and attacks keep getting bigger. Leverage Akamai edge security to become a business enabler, reduce the attack surface, and harness the power of the cloud by automatically mitigating attacks where they are generated.

Maintain end-user experience even under attack

The Akamai Intelligent Edge Platform™ extends from your on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure to your users, enabling you to maximize agility while increasing performance and reducing risk associated with application attacks.

Akamai Intelligent Edge Platform™

Built on the world’s largest intelligent edge platform, Web Application Protector extends your security infrastructure to the cloud and stops attacks long before they can reach your applications.

DDoS Protection

Web Application Protector defends your applications from the largest DDoS attacks, automatically dropping network-layer attacks at the edge and responding to application-layer attacks within seconds — minimizing any potential downtime.

Web Application Firewall

Web Application Protector includes a highly scalable web application firewall that protects you from SQL injection, XSS, RFI, and other types of application-layer threats with an automated rule set tailored for low false positives.

Automated Updates

With visibility into the latest attacks against the largest and most frequently attacked organizations online, Akamai continuously and transparently updates Web Application Protector’s security rule set to save you time and effort.

Virtual Patches

Use Web Application Protector’s custom rule builder to virtually patch your applications and quickly secure any newly discovered vulnerabilities, or simply customize protections for your website traffic.

Improved Performance

Benefit from performance capabilities built into the Akamai CDN, such as caching, advanced offload capabilities, and TCP optimization, to improve website performance for users even through the largest attacks.

DDoS Protection

Web Application Protector provides always-on protection against the largest DDoS attacks. It responds to network and application-layer attacks within seconds and is built on the intelligent edge platform that delivers more than 61 Tbps of traffic. It has the capacity to absorb the largest attacks.

Web Application Protection

The web application firewall includes a rich collection of firewall rules that are managed and updated by Akamai. Rule accuracy is driven by Akamai’s unique visibility into 15 to 30% of the world’s web traffic and across various industries.

API Protection

Web Application Protector provides broad API protection from malicious calls and DDoS attacks. Protection groups inspect the API request body in JSON and XML format — by default.

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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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