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Critical Capabilities for Cloud Web Application and API Protection

Published: 31 August 2022


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

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Key Findings
  • Protecting public-facing web applications against attacks and exploits of vulnerabilities in custom or third-party code remains the primary use case for web application and API protection (WAAP) platforms.

  • A growing number of organizations evaluate the four core capabilities that define a cloud WAAP service: web application protection, distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection, bot management and API security.

  • The WAAP market is diverse. It includes offerings from content delivery network (CDN) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers, born-in-the-cloud (“cloud-owned”) WAAP services and products based on a hosted web application firewall (WAF) appliance (“cloud-rented”).

  • In the past year, leading WAAP providers have expanded their

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  • 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
  • Core Security
  • Web-Scale Business Application
  • API Security and DevOps
  • High Security

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