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Critical Capabilities for Cloud Web Application and API Protection


WAAP platforms are the preferred choice for protecting new public-facing services as they combine broad scope and security controls specific to web applications and APIs with ease of deployment at scale. To protect key apps, assess these platforms’ overall capabilities, not just their core rulesets.

Published: 20 September 2021

ID: G00740127

Analyst(s): John Watts Adam Hils Jeremy D'Hoinne Shilpi Handa

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Strategic Planning Assumptions

What You Need to Know


  • Akamai
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Barracuda
  • Cloudflare
  • F5
  • Fastly
  • Fortinet
  • Imperva
  • Microsoft
  • Radware
  • ThreatX
  • Management, Monitoring and Reports
  • DDoS Protection
  • Application Security
  • Bot Management
  • API Security
  • Scalability and Geographic Presence
  • Expertise in Small Environments
  • Technical Architecture
  • Programmability
  • Core Security (Compliance)
  • Web-Scale Business Application
  • API Security and DevOps
  • High Security

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