Web Application Firewall (WAF)

According to Fortinet, Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) are designed to inspect and protect HTTP connections and prevent web-based attacks such as cross-site scripting (XSS) and SQL injection. While WAF tools and devices have been around for over a decade, and are a required technology for organizations that process credit card transactions (PCI-DSS), they are just now starting to gain traction in many networks.

Snapt say that every business exposing online applications, services, and APIs needs a Web Application Firewall (WAF) to operate safely and protect against cybersecurity threats. A WAF identifies and blocks attacks that lead to downtime, leaked data, and compromised transactions and accounts.

Some questions you may have:

  1. What does your network architecture and application infrastructure look like?
  2. Which teams will use the WAF and how?
  3. Where will you deploy a WAF?
  4. Which detection and blocking techniques suit your traffic and risk profile?
  5. Which application attacks present the biggest risks to your business?
  6. Would your apps benefit from virtual patching and scanner integration?
  7. Do you need PCI-DSS compliance for secure transactions?
  8. Do you need to terminate SSL traffic?
  9. What kind of visibility and reporting does your SecOps team need to be effective?

Click on any of the above questions to learn more, from our partner Snapt on their blog.

The difference between SD-WAN and MPLS

This topic is often how the SD-WAN discussion starts.

A network migration to SD-WAN may deliver cost savings, performance improvements and better security.

According to our partners Fortinet, the short answer is that SD-WAN offers better visibility, availability, enhanced performance, and more freedom of action. It’s why the industry has seen interest in SD-WAN rising over the past few years.

Fortinet list the following benefits of SD-WAN over MPLS:

  • SD-WAN delivers potential cost savings.
  • Secure SD-WAN from Fortinet provides better protection than MPLS, because the solution is delivered as an integrated function within a next-generation firewall appliance.
  • SD-WAN delivers better network performance, utilizing diverse links and paths based on application or traffic type, for example.

Click here for more information on Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN solution, or get in touch to discuss a SD-WAN solution that’s right for you and your business.