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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls


The WAF market is growing quickly from a small base; it is composed of pure players, application delivery controller vendors, cloud service providers and network security vendors. Buyers should evaluate how WAFs can provide high security, minimize false positives and sustain performance.

Published: 17 June 2014

ID: G00259365

Analyst(s): Jeremy D'Hoinne , Adam Hils , Greg Young, Joseph Feiman

Table Of Contents

Market Definition/Description

Magic Quadrant

  • Vendor Strengths and Cautions
    • AdNovum
    • Akamai
    • Barracuda Networks
    • BeeWare
    • Citrix
    • DBAPPSecurity
    • DenyAll
    • Ergon Informatik
    • F5
    • Fortinet
    • Imperva
    • Penta Security
    • Radware
    • Trustwave
    • United Security Providers
  • Vendors Added and Dropped
    • Added
    • Dropped

Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria

Evaluation Criteria

  • Ability to Execute
  • Completeness of Vision
  • Quadrant Descriptions
    • Leaders
    • Challengers
    • Visionaries
    • Niche Players


Market Overview

  • Compliance Is Not the Primary Motivation for WAF Adoption, but It Remains Prevalent
  • WAFs Will Continue to Integrate, Absorb and Be Integrated in Adjacent Technologies
  • The Ability to Scale Is the Key to WAF's Market Future

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  • Ability to Execute
  • Completeness of Vision

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