In today’s article, we’ll explain all the benefits of a cloud WAF.
A hacked website can cause severe problems for any business, from lost customers to a damaged reputation. Every business owner must make website security a priority.
The best place to start is with a strong firewall. A web application firewall is a security tool that functions as a filter, sitting in front of your website to:
- Monitor the traffic that comes to your website
- Analyse the traffic to determine what is benign and what is dangerous
- Block anything it considers suspicious
- Alert you every time an attack is blocked
As such, firewalls play an integral role in protecting websites from all kinds of attacks. With a WAF in place, you’ll never have to worry about someone trying to hack your website, or steal your information.
CyberAlpha offers a cloud based WAF in all of its monthly security packages, for complete peace of mind. We’re currently offering a free 14 day trial so give it a try. Full setup support and no credit card required.
We’ll now go into a bit more detail about how a WAF works.
How Does a WAF Protect Me?
A WAF works by applying a set of predefined rules to block any malicious traffic flows:
- It filters web traffic and detects network requests that seems to be anomalous or malicious.
- The WAF then blocks any suspicious traffic before it can cause any harm.
- High-quality WAFs have important security functionalities such as adaptive learning modules. These aid in making security decisions under various circumstances. They also provide an easier way of updating security policies, so you don’t have to do all the research yourself.
- A WAF uses web server private keys to detect instances of policy violations. It will automatically reset connections deemed to be anomalous. It leverages these capabilities to block web-based attacks with compromised connections.
- A WAF can be configured to monitor the security of an entire website or of particular web applications.
What Does WAF Protect Me Against?
A WAF is designed to protect against threats including the OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) top 10 vulnerabilities by default. These include vulnerabilities such as:
- Cross-site forgery
- Cross-site scripting (XSS)
- File inclusion
- SQL injection
- Xero-day exploits
- Brute force attacks
These OWASP rules are supplemented by built in and custom WAF rules that can be set up by Enterprise customers to block specific attack traffic. Implementing a WAF will stop hackers before they can attack a website.
Also, WAFs mitigate distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks by restricting the requests a single IP address can make for website resources. When a DDoS attack is underway, the WAF will block or divert the increased traffic before your website goes down.
What’s The Difference Between Cloud WAF And Traditional WAF?
The cloud WAF provider is responsible for all the required infrastructure. This means you only pay for the cost of the subscription. With traditional WAF, you have to incur all hardware, software and infrastructure costs yourself.
Cloud based services offer flexibility and high scalability. You only pay for what you need, and it’s easy to upgrade when you need extra services. On the other hand, scalability in a traditional WAF is limited by hardware.
Cloud WAF security software is hosted in secure data centers. The cloud provider is responsible for providing data security and compliance, so you have complete peace of mind. In a traditional WAF, it is up to you to fully secure the hardware and data. This can be a challenge if you’re not tech-savvy.
A cloud WAF subscription is affordable and users can opt for monthly or annual plans. If you want to use a traditional WAF, you need a big upfront payment for infrastructure (not to mention subsequent maintenance costs).
You can set up a cloud WAF through an easy-to-use dashboard and get started in minutes. An on-premise WAF requires hardware acquisition with numerous security configurations.
Customization & Management
A cloud WAF comes with standard security policies (including OWASP), meaning you can get it up and running straight away. With a traditional WAF, you’ll need to customise the rules. This is time-consuming and can be confusing:
- Vulnerability protection
- Standard application rule sets
- DDoS protection
- Load balancing
Benefits Of A Cloud WAF
Compared to a traditional WAF, cloud-based WAFs:
- Require no investment in hardware or software
- Are easier and faster to deploy
- Have much lower monthly costs
- Have no installation or maintenance costs as they are Security as a Service (SecAAS)
- Leverage the cloud’s big data analytics to provide increased threat intelligence
- Offer a clear and easy-to-use web-based dashboard that displays all relevant information about attacks and suspicious visitor traffic
- Allow you to block traffic flow from specific geographical locations (useful for mitigating DDoS attacks)
- Don’t need to be updated manually (cloud WAFs are updated automatically, ensuring they always have the most up-to-date security rules)
- Allow organizations to combine vendor security rules with their own rules to improve web security
Cyber Alpha Cloud WAF
CyberAlpha provides a cloud WAF as part of its Security as a Service (SecAAS) platform.
We leverage industry-leading technology to monitor your website, and detect and block attacks. With an intuitive, easy-to-use dashboard, you can easily configure and set up a complete website security solution. Any time we detect an attack or anomaly, we’ll let you know.
The CyberAlpha WAF is designed to protect against every threat that might come your way (including the OWASP top-ten). It offers best-in-class website security for complete peace of mind:
Daily updates with the latest threat intelligence
CyberAlpha’s WAF automatically updates whenever new vulnerabilities and threats emerge, so you’ll always be one step ahead. Customized firewall rules, and rules based on OWASP, are crucial. But even these can be inadequate without the frequent automatic updates provided by CyberAlpha’s cloud WAF.
CyberAlpha recognizes that the security needs of a website may vary from one organization to another. As such, its firewall allows you to set customized security rules to meet the specific security needs of your website.
CyberAlpha’s firewall provides a whitelist feature that allows you to configure which IP addresses have permission to access the website.
The WAF is capable of pinpointing the exact location of cyber actors attempting to execute attacks. This enables you to block visitors from certain places that you think represent a high security risk. This is particularly helpful in blocking DDoS attacks.
DDoS attacks are common and can severely disrupt your website. CyberAlpha’s platform secures your website from DDoS attacks by detecting the origin of the DDoS requests and blocking them if necessary. CyberAlpha’s WAF immediately sends an alert once it detects a DDoS attack, allowing you to implement the necessary countermeasures.
24/7 monitoring and alerting
The CyberAlpha WAF continuously monitors all traffic to your website and immediately alerts you of any attacks. We also monitor for other anomalous activity, giving you peace of mind your website is fully protected.
Easy set up
CyberAlpha’s firewall is easy to set up and configure. You can complete the set up process in minutes with the detailed instructions provided. And if you get stuck, our team of experts is always on hand to help.
Low monthly cost
The CyberAlpha WAF is part of the Cyber Alpha website security platform, which offers a range of affordable monthly packages for all budgets and requirements.
If you’d like to discuss the benefits of a cloud WAF, or anything else about managed website security, please get in touch.