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Web Application Firewalls Are Worth the Investment for Enterprises

Published: 28 February 2014

ID: G00258206

Analyst(s): Jeremy D'Hoinne , Adam Hils


Firewalls and intrusion prevention systems don't provide sufficient protections for most public-facing websites or internal business-critical and custom Web applications. Here, we explain how Web application firewalls help security leaders to better protect Web applications in their organizations.

Table Of Contents

What You Need to Know


  • Technology Description
    • Web Attacks Command More Than Signatures
  • Technology Definition
  • Uses
  • Benefits and Risks
  • Technology Alternatives
  • Selection Guidelines
    • WAF Deployment Scenario Drives the Selection Process
    • Enterprises Need to Compare WAFs Beyond Datasheet Check Marks
    • Web Application Security Is the "Heavenly Realm" for Evasion Techniques
  • Price Performance
  • Technology Providers

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