What Is Web Application Firewall?
Web Application Firewall monitors and controls access to your system, including all inputs and outputs. It constantly monitors the contents of all incoming and outgoing packets in your system for potential web based threats, and blocks those that are viewed as unsafe. Unlike a network firewall, it can control network traffic concerning a specific application, either blocking or allowing it.
Why Do I Need Web Application Firewall?
Your Intrusion Detection System alerts you when unsanctioned or potentially dangerous activity is occurring on your network. Your Intrusion Prevention System blocks that activity before it can do any harm. However, neither of them is equipped to deal with potential threats from web applications.
WAF works in a way that’s separate from Intrusion Detection and Intrusion Prevention, allowing it to protect against those dangers that IPS and IDS can’t prevent. It analyzes the behavior and logic of everything that’s requested by and returned to your server, allowing it to detect threats that would otherwise creep in under the radar of your IPS. Working in tandem with your IDS and IPS applications, WAF is able to provide your system with an enhanced level of protection that keeps you safe and secure.
Managed Web Application Firewall
It takes a lot of careful planning, design, and configuration to optimize your WAF for your organization’s specific needs. WAF operates automatically, but it still requires the human factor to make sure that nothing is missed or overlooked. Therefore, the application must be monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If your security solution is left unattended, it increases your risk of threat exposure.
Implementing and monitoring these systems in-house takes a tremendous amount of money, personnel, and other resources. However, Digital Hands is equipped to manage your WAF system for you, including:
- Design and implementation
- Calibrating the system to guard against false positives
- Day-to-day monitoring of logs, 24/7
In addition, we’ll stay in close contact with you, to keep you informed of what’s going on in your system, not only when there are problems, but also simply to touch base and make sure that you’re getting the most benefit from our services. Our managed WAF services keep your system secure, while saving you time and resources.