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Decision Point for Securing Application Architecture

Published: 03 October 2019


Effective application protection must be tailored to underlying application architecture using a mix of controls at the edge, in the inner architecture and client-side. Security and risk management technical professionals should use this research when forming their application protection strategies.

Included in Full Research

  • Decision Flow 1: Where Is the Application Hosted?
  • Decision Flow 2: What Protocols Are in Use?
  • Decision Flow 3: What Is the Application Type?
  • Decision Flow 4: What Is the Type of Compute?
  • Decision Flow 5: What Are the Expected Attack Patterns?
  • Principles
    • Protect Applications Wherever They Are Hosted
    • Select Protection Based on Application Architecture and Technology Stack
    • Prefer Edge-Delivered Protection for Portability and Scalability
    • Prefer Combined Protection for Increased Effectiveness and Operational Simplicity
    • Augment With Client-Side Protections for Client-Side Componentry
    • Supplement With Inner-Architecture Protections for Microservices Architecture
  • Requirements and Constraints
    • Integrating With Existing Application Infrastructure
    • API Integrated as an Alternative to Reverse Proxy Implementation
    • Protection Deployed as Containerized Workloads
    • Protection Integrated Within MSA and Service Mesh Elements
    • Protection for Fully Ephemeral or Serverless Technologies
  • API Abuse and Bot Mitigation in Public Sites
  • Protection Platform Approach in General Architecture
  • Protection Platform Approach in PaaS and CaaS Environments
  • Mixed Protection Platform Approach With RASP in PaaS and CaaS Environments
  • Flexible Deployment Options From Protection Platforms
  • Custom Security With Edge Computing and Programming
  • Mitigating JavaScript Client-Side Attacks

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