Gartner published its 2020 Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls (WAF)i and named Akamai a Leader for the fourth consecutive year. Gartner's high distinction is market recognition of our completeness of vision and ability to execute.
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Akamai's edge security experience, strong product alignment, and broad security portfolio with expanded coverage into new forms of attacks continue to set us apart.
Akamai's Web Application Security Portfolio
"Security leaders must adapt to web application and API threat landscape changes by strengthening their web application security requirements beyond the traditional WAF scope and expectation to the more comprehensive WAAP."ii
New API Discovery and Profiling
Visibility into API traffic is a foundational first step to protection. Organizations that lack this visibility can potentially suffer significant operational and security challenges, increasing risk. With API discovery and profiling, Akamai WAAP now has the ability to automatically inspect traffic and provide a list of both protected and unprotected APIs, including their endpoints, definitions, and traffic characteristics. This capability -- the first of its kind for an edge-based WAAP -- is only part of the solution. Akamai also parses and inspects APIs for malicious payloads, enables predefined API specifications, provides API-level reporting, and enables custom inspection rules to meet a wide range of requirements.
As the market continues to adopt greater use of API-based microservices architectures and mobile applications, you will need strong API protections that stay a step ahead of threats.
Four Advantages of the Akamai WAAP
As a recognized industry pioneer, Akamai's approach to web application security is fueled by delivering on four key advantages:
- Unmatched visibility: Visibility into attacks is critical. Every day, Akamai collects data from over 178 billion WAF rule triggers, 12 billion bot requests, and 280 million bot logins -- generating 130 TB of attack data. This level of insight allows us to constantly improve security, predict new threats, and provide automated and accurate protections. In 2020, this visibility extends to API endpoints and their traffic profiles, as well as client-side script vulnerabilities.
- High security outcomes: Akamai's crowdsourced attack visibility with machine learning and real-time threat intelligence combine to deliver high security outcomes. This year, we improved our WAF engine with Adaptive Security Profiles -- a security feature designed to dynamically modify protections based on each customer's individual threat landscape. Every incoming request contributes to a risk profile based on factors like reputation, attack history, suspicious source(s), signs of malicious automation, and more -- helping to further decrease false negatives, without increasing false positives, and detecting the most sophisticated attacks.
- User empowerment: From developers, to cloud architects, to security teams within mid- to large-size enterprises, we aim to empower all stakeholders with solutions that are automated, integrated, and intuitive to use. New configuration APIs, compatibility with orchestration tools, and simplified product onboarding are just some of the enhancements designed to improve operational efficiencies, reduce human error, and mitigate the rising cost and complexity of maintenance.
- Holistic edge security: The integration of Akamai's WAF with our other products, including Prolexic, Edge DNS, Page Integrity Manager, and Bot Manager, provides comprehensive web application security. Akamai continues to deliver strong solutions with high performance through an integrated, unified platform approach. As a strategic security partner, Akamai will continue to solve complex security needs and deliver holistic edge solutions as your needs grow and evolve over time.
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i Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls, Jeremy D'Hoinne, Adam Hils, Rajpreet Kaur, John Watts - 19 October 2020
ii Gartner: Defining Cloud Web Application and API Protection Services, Jeremy d'Hoinne, Adam Hils, 26 Feb 2019
iii Gartner: API Security: What you Need to Do to Protect Your APIs, Mark O'Neill, Dionisio Zumerle, Jeremy d'Hoinne, 28 August 2019