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How to Protect Application Traffic in Hybrid Cloud Environments

The goal of this paper is for you to understand Web Application Firewall (WAF) capabilities in A10’s Lightning Application Delivery Controller (ADC) for hybrid cloud environments. You will learn how to do the following: 1) block application profiling and sensitve data exposure; 2) protect against malware; 3) block traffic from bad BOTs and much more.

Attacks against applications have become increasingly common and the trend is on an upward swing. Reports suggest that application layer attacks on web applications will grow 17.34 percent from 2014 to 2019. Securing applications and traffic from various threats and attacks is imperative.

The OWASP publishes a list of common vulnerabilities found in web applications. Typically, poor coding practices lead to these susceptibilities. When a library or operating system becomes vulnerable, every application using that library also becomes vulnerable.

Attackers use Layer-7 (application layer) techniques like SQL-injection, command-injections, cross-site scripting (XSS), cross site request forgery (CSRF) and more, to attack a web application and attempt to extract sensitive data. According to a 2016 study by the Ponemon Institute, 29 percent of all application layer attacks are SQL-injection, making it the top attack vector.

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