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Securing Web Apps on a Lean Budget Amid Economic Uncertainty and Growing Data Breaches

The cyber threat landscape is continuously evolving and becoming more dangerous with the rise of application attacks and data breaches, putting businesses at greater risk. Verizon’s 2024 Data Breach Investigations Report saw a record-high number of breaches—more than 10,000, doubling the number of breaches it analyzed from 2023. As per the 2024 Verizon Data breach investigations report, web application attacks contributed to ~26 percent of breaches in 2023, which is placed in the top-two attack patterns. As per attack vectors (types), web applications contribute 40 percent of breaches, out of which, the use of stolen credentials and application vulnerabilities rank in the first two places. In fact, 31 percent of all breaches over the past ten years have involved the use of stolen credentials, while exploitation of vulnerabilities as an initial access step for a breach almost tripled from last year.

To safeguard end-user experience and productivity, organizations must ensure their web applications are consistently and securely accessible, regardless of location. However, in today’s economic climate, characterized by uncertainty, high inflation, and elevated interest rates, many organizations are facing constrained IT budgets. This financial pressure forces businesses to prioritize their IT projects carefully. Legacy web application security solutions can get very expensive based on the application’s user traffic and the false positives they could generate without consistent tuning. Managing these rules/policies requires a dedicated security team for consistent monitoring, such as creating new rules and fine-tuning existing ones after thorough troubleshooting hundreds of alerts generated per day. Customizing the solutions to meet an organization’s specific needs and ensuring seamless integration with SecOps tools presents a significant challenge. Despite these challenges, organizations need to drive more business through public-facing web applications and achieve efficiency in service operations while improving security measures to minimize false positives.

Balancing these priorities is crucial for maintaining robust security postures and ensuring operational resilience. To achieve these results, the ideal solution is to have a holistic web application delivery and security approach. This solution should provide high-efficacy protection, automated/customizable policies, easy and intuitive rule building, enhanced application performance, and avoidance of costly downtimes. Such an approach ensures optimal performance and security for web applications and data while maintaining a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) to align with current organizational budget constraints.

This solution must be adaptable for both current and future needs. Despite percentage variations in attack types from Verizon’s data breach reports from 2023 and 2024, a comprehensive web application security solution can effectively mitigate threats, whether they involve basic or advanced web application attacks, credential stuffing (using stolen credentials), or exploiting vulnerabilities. By addressing all potential web application delivery and security use cases through a single solution, organizations can avoid the need for point products, which often lead to higher costs, decreased efficiency, and complications due to complex workflows and poor integrations. Implementing a unified solution ensures streamlined, efficient, and cost-effective security management for the evolving cyber threat landscape.

How A10 Can Help

A10 Thunder ADC, an industry-leading high-performance application delivery controller, and A10 Next-Gen WAF, powered by Fastly, offer a combined solution that addresses all your app security and performance needs while reducing TCO. Fastly has been the only vendor to be Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Web Application and API protection (WAAP) for the past six years. The combined solution ensures business continuity, so the web applications remain available and accessible, even during an attack. Fastly’s advanced context-aware detection technology, trusted threat intelligence, and threshold-based rules ensure near-zero false positives, providing optimal security with minimal tuning, thereby reducing OpEx. Additionally, Thunder ADC enhances this by offering caching and SSL/TLS offload functionalities for better performance, saving server resources. This solution also streamlines workflows by integrating with DevSecOps tools, enabling quick and efficient issue resolution.

To learn more about how a complete list of capabilities helps protect against advanced threats while lowering TCO through automation and high-efficacy attack detection and mitigation, visit the A10 Next-Gen WAF and Thunder ADC pages.