Top Cloud Web Application Firewalls to Stop Website Attacks

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January 20, 2017
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Web threats are constantly rising, so it is important for any web application developer to have a strong firewall in place to shield from attacks for non-disruptive online business operation.

Having unprotected files, software, plugin or misconfiguration on your server can expose your apps to security risk, which may make you lose crucial data or financial records.

Nowadays, numerous online tools can assist you to find the security flaws and malware for free. However, when you want to protect your system, you have to spend more.

ModSecurity is a Web Application Firewall (WAF) which can be accessed for free and is compatible with web servers like Nginx and Apache amongst others.

ModSecurity is an excellent protection to websites; however, it requires a significant level of configuration knowledge and continuous maintenance.

But if you don’t want to have a maintenance and configuration challenges, following Cloud-Based Security Provider (CBSP) can help you to protect from online web threats automatically.

This article will highlight some of the top cloud web application firewalls to stop website attacks.

1. Incapsula

The Incapsula Website DDoS protection solution is an always-on, cloud-based service that automatically detects and alleviates all types of DDoS attacks launched at websites and web applications.

This DDoS protections service is developed on top of the Incapsula Content Delivery Network (CDN) and uses a PCI DSS, which is compliant to Web Application Firewall technology.

Incapsula also shields against exploitation of app vulnerabilities and ensures that website traffic runs at average operating speeds, even when large-scale volumetric attacks take place.

The Imperva Incapsula infrastructure DDoS protection is enabled through a GRE tunneling and leveraging Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routing.

Infrastructure Protections is an on-demand security service that protects critical network infrastructure from volumetric and protocol-based DDoS attacks.

The firewall is powered by private scribbling servers which are capable of alleviating over 170 GBPS of DDoS attacks per time, thus ensuring that the Incapsula network is never overwhelmed by attacks.

Infrastructure Protection complements other CDN-based services from Incapsula to offer complete protection from all DDoS threats and prevent DDoS for all network protocols and Internet-connected devices.

2. Qualys

Qualys Web Application Firewall (WAF) is a next-gen cloud service that offers an unmatched combination of scalability and simplicity to web application security. It has automated and adaptive approach which allows you to detect threats quickly and more efficiently.

Developed on the world’s leading cloud security platform, Qualys WAF helps in complementing the global scalability of Qualys Web Application Scanning (WAS).

Together, they make detecting and mitigating web application risks easier, regardless of whether you have a dozen apps of thousands.

Qualys WAF does not require special expertise to use and can be deployed in minutes. It frees you from substantial cost, resource and deployment issues associated with traditional products while delivering a new level of web application security and compliance.

3. Sucuri

Sucuri has two security services; Website Antivirus and Web Application Firewall. You can start with Sucuri Firewall Basic plan if you are just looking for WAF protection.

This covers Cross Site Scripting (XSS), SQL injection (SQLi), Remote Code Execution (RCE), 2FA, Captcha and Password Protection, HTTP Flood Protection and Brute Force protection amongst others. Sucuri can be used in various platforms such as WordPress, Microsoft.Net, Joomla, phpBB, Magneto, OSCommerce and v.Bulletin.

4. CloudFlare

CloudFlare provides Web Application Firewall with PRO plan and has more than 80% market share making it a big player in CDN.

CloudFlare WAF protects you from OWASP top ten vulnerabilities and deters the subsequent attacks automatically: SQL injection, XSS, SPAM, and DDoS. CloudFlare can be accessed in Rule Set and OWASP ModSecurity Core Rule Set Web Application Firewall from CloudFlare with PRO plan.

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