Webscale launched the first Cloud Web Application Firewall (WAF) to Secure Web Applications Deployed On Vulnerable E-Commerce Platforms
To combat the ever-growing vulnerabilities faced by e-commerce website, Webscale Networks, the leading multi-cloud web application delivery platform, unveiled the Webscale Cloud Web Application Firewall (WAF). This is the first of a new line of a-la-carte solutions for e-commerce websites that are designed to address the “pain points” businesses face with regards to the security, availability, and performance of their critical web applications.
“Security is a major concern for our customers, so the development and release of Webscale’s Cloud WAF has been a top priority. With its deep visibility into the underlying infrastructure, Webscale is completely application aware, enabling it to identify anomalies and issue resolutions before disruption is caused, whether they be at the browser level, or at the application backend,” said Sonal Puri, CEO of Webscale.
Puri adds, “As a true cloud-based solution, Webscale is also able to learn across (from) our customers, allowing for any fixes applied to address customer security issues to be immediately distributed across our entire base. That is the beauty of a SaaS platform versus an appliance.”
What is a Web application firewall (WAF)?
WAF platforms are hacker-proofing shields that keep e-commerce servers free from probing and attacking incidents. WAF differs from the traditional firewall solutions by virtue of their ability to perform web health check-ups, including content filtering, intrusion detection, and spam filtering.
“Enterprise IT infrastructures and databases — the treasure troves for cyber pirates — are facing more hostile and complex cyber-attacks. Corporations are increasingly turning to third party data breach and incident response firms, and Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs), for help with cyber-defense.” – Cybersecurity Ventures’ Cybercrime Report
Why have a firewall for E-commerce?
E-commerce businesses are more susceptible to attacks than others because of the nature of the web content and applications injected into the site. Vulnerabilities in e-commerce systems turn catastrophic when hackers exploit them by injecting erroneous codes and price manipulation URLs.
The new Webscale’s Cloud WAF solutions help combat malicious attacks at the edge of a web application, closest to the end user. By introducing the next-gen cloud WAF, Webscale becomes the first firm to focus on critical e-commerce platforms and integrate application awareness.
The latest technology from Webscale is built to provide robust protection for both data traffic at the browser level, and the complete backend application infrastructure, in a single SaaS platform.
Quick Snapshot of Webscale’s Cloud WAF
Webscale Networks developed the unique security solution to integrate application awareness and focus on critical e-commerce platforms using independent and software-defined application delivery architecture. The interesting technology features include –
Programmable cloud WAF with Self-healing capabilities
Provides an unprecedented, real-time insight into all activity, enabling users to make critical changes and deploy safeguards if issues are detected.
With self-healing capabilities, Webscale’s WAF-enable e-commerce sites can build zero-error business continuity plan with strong emphasis on automation, that includes disaster recovery and data rescue operations.
Best-in-class HTTPS support
At the browser level, the Webscale Cloud WAF enables best-in-class HTTPS support with the latest SSL/TLS standards, without having to make any changes to the application infrastructure.
Better Offload and Encryption
Deploying SSL/TLS at the Webscale level ensures better offload and encryption from the application servers, enabling more efficient use of infrastructure.
Automated and user-defined IP blacklisting
Webscale’s Cloud WAF has strong blacklisting and whitelisting capabilities and can block or allow requests or sessions by IP address, device type or geographic location. The WAF also allows for blocking against the OWASP top 10 threats as well as any application specific or custom rulesets.
Added Shield for Sensitive Information
With the recent roll out of its HTTP/2 support and Service Provider-grade PCI-DSS certification, Webscale also adds protection for sensitive customer information, along with the latest web technology, to deliver strong security and increased performance.
Real-time Traffic Analytics
Through real-time traffic analysis, WAF detects problems, identifies solutions and applies fixes through the highly flexible rules capabilities.
In the event of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, Webscale’s Cloud WAF enables Shield Mode which instantly blocks bad traffic and validates genuine users. This keeps the website fast and protected from crash or manipulations that arise from hacking.
Auto-scaling with predictive on user-demand trends
Webscale employs Big Data and predictive analytics to project any disruption in demand trends, allowing WAF-enabled sites to proactively scale up application infrastructure. Predictive auto-scaling is available for the entire infrastructure that provides optimal user experience for the highest ROI for all kinds of workloads.
Webscale Cloud WAF is also included in the Webscale Pro and Enterprise-converged platforms.
How will Cybersecurity affect martech budgets in 2017
According to a recent report by Barkly, 38% of respondents who have suffered at least one cyber breach, expect to increase their firewall budget for 2017. However, 52% of respondents also see their security budget dropping for the year. Between 2017 and 2021, global cyber security spending will exceed $1 Trillion. The Cybersecurity Ventures’ Cybercrime Report also states that the industry has grown by 35X since 2004 — the year when the global security market was just around $3.5 billion. The statistics clearly suggest that the budget to include cybersecurity will continue to grow in 2017 and beyond.
As e-commerce businesses look to full-proof their digital infrastructure, having Webscale in the marketing technology stack will significantly reduce inefficiencies in the existing security architecture.