Web applications such as web-based email, ecommerce sites, auction communities and data storage, provide easy targets for hackers because they are open and only one ‘browse’ or click away on the Internet. For the majority of corporations, Web applications are too often exposed to the outside world despite network defenses such as traffic firewalls and intrusion prevention systems.
What can go wrong?
Using open ports, or creating new ones, hackers can employ cross-site scripting, SQL injection or other means to inflict mischief and damage to enterprise assets. Scenarios include web defacement, web downtime, theft or loss of site control, and deeper penetration into your organization’s assets. Hackers can also get in by exploiting loose authentication and session control—for example, an insecure link in that email that was forwarded. With a ‘way in’ located, denial of service (DoS) attacks, usually conducted through bots, can tie up your network or take your network down. It’s best to first stop them at the perimeter.
Web Application Firewalls
Protection against these threat scenarios must include a way that makes it too tricky for bots to access your network and that also scrubs these attacks without tolling your server and processing bandwidth. Company owned physical appliances are still used for Web application protection, but can’t flex fast or cost-effectively enough to keep up with latest ransomware or scheme or application level vulnerabilities. Software inserted into the network provides a more agile and cost effective way to intelligently protect enterprise devices and digital assets. However, when the security software is hosted locally it can unnecessarily strain local servers.
Cloud-Based Web Application Firewall
With a Web application firewall powered by Cloudflare, OPAQ reduces the stress of your next distributed security rollout, via an advanced firewall service in the cloud.
Derive the benefits of cloud computing such as lower cost and better performance without letting mal-doers disable your network and ruin your business.
Why You Should Consider Web Application Firewall-as-a-Service
Hardware-based web application firewalls are costly
OPAQ removes the cost of hardware ownership, licensing, and support personnel
Mitigation against DDoS attacks
WAFaaS can easily handle 600Gbps of DDoS traffic on its 25Tbps network
Blocking malicious bot traffic
By applying machine learning to traffic across 13M domains, OPAQ scores every request for its likelihood of coming from a bot
Mediocre website performance
WAFaaS brings content closer to your users by caching static web content on its network, optimizing image files, and dynamic content can be compressed and routed on the fastest, least congested path to the end user; customers can also employ load balancing for even greater performance
Features Powered by Cloudflare
Web Application Firewall
Content delivery optimization
Universal SSL, TLS 1.2 & 1.3 with TLS optimization