In today’s digital landscape, layered defenses are crucial to protect against cyberattacks. Cybercriminals constantly evolve their tactics to exploit vulnerabilities in systems, which is why a layered defense strategy that provides comprehensive protection against a wide range of threats is essential. The end solution ultimately helps deliver better cloud economics and business outcomes, helping your brand, optimizing the customer experience, and ensuring business continuity.
By combining an application delivery controller (ADC) and a next-gen web application firewall (WAF), a robust security solution that conforms to the principles of a Zero Trust security framework can be achieved. Think of it as washing your car after a long journey on muddy and debris-strewn roads. First, you hose down your car to eliminate the bulk of the debris. Then, you may need to use a brush to remove the more stubbornly attached dirt and grime. However, relying solely on a brush would be ineffective because it is designed for the more specialized task. The same goes with a hose as it is designed only for general cleaning. Similarly in cybersecurity, the ADC efficiently sifts through the myriad of threats, while the next-gen WAF efficiently provides defense against more sophisticated web attacks.
To explain how this layered defense works, let’s start with the ADC. ADCs can provide load balancing and TLS offloading, which can help reduce the attack surface by minimizing the number of entry points into the system. This minimizes the effectiveness of volume-based attacks, such as DDoS or brute force attacks. On the other hand, next-gen WAFs can provide deep packet inspection and advanced threat detection capabilities, enabling them to identify and block attacks such as account takeover (ATO), known CVEs, injections, cross-site scripting (XSS), and other OWASP Top 10 attacks.
The A10 Next-Gen WAF, powered by Fastly, is now available. One of the reasons A10 chose to partner with Fastly is its next-gen WAF, which is both powerful and easy to operate. Fastly’s expertise in managing multiple solutions makes it a trusted choice. Fastly is in the Challenger position in the Web Application and API Protection (WAAP) Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ and in its 5th year as the Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Cloud Web Application and API Protection (WAAP).
The A10 Next-Gen WAF incorporates leading capabilities, such as the context-based detection SmartParse, resulting in a solution that can effectively lower false positives while providing a zero-learning period. Nearly 90 percent of Fastly customers use its next-gen WAF in full-blocking mode, indicating its effectiveness in protecting against security threats. With the ability to deploy Fastly’s next-gen WAF technology as a single integrated solution on A10’s software and hardware appliances, users can significantly bolster their web application defense.
The A10 Next-Gen WAF functions as the main ingress point for applications, facilitating efficient deployment of a large number of digital services, ranging from one to hundreds or even thousands, without the need for individual server end-point deployments. This streamlined approach results in accelerated time-to-market for secure application deployments. Using an ADC and a next-gen WAF together creates a powerful security solution that provides comprehensive protection against a wide range of threats. By providing a layered defense strategy that addresses both the volume and complexity of threats, your systems are well-protected against cyberattacks. Empower your web security today with the A10 Next-Gen WAF, powered by Fastly.
Gary Wang is a senior product marketing manager at A10 Networks. He provides a fresh perspective on the convoluted concepts in the security field. Read More