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The Importance of a WAF

By: John Wingate | 4/12/23

Protect Your Website

In today's world, web application security is more important than ever. With the increase in cyber attacks, businesses and organizations need to take proactive measures to protect their websites and web applications. One such measure is the implementation of a web application firewall (WAF). This blog post will cover the importance of a WAF and how it can help protect your website and web applications.

What is a Web Application Firewall?

A web application firewall (WAF) is a security solution designed to protect web applications from attacks such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), and other types of web-based attacks. A WAF works by analyzing incoming web traffic and filtering out potentially malicious requests based on a set of predefined rules.

Web Application Firewall Protections

There are quite a few benefits provided by a WAF in addition to the layer of protection to your web applications against common web-based attacks. For starters, A WAF protects against zero-day attacks, which is an attack that exploits a vulnerability that is unknown to the vendor or developer. It does this by analyzing incoming traffic and detecting potentially malicious requests. In addition, web-based attacks can result in data breaches, which can be costly and damaging to businesses. A WAF can help prevent data breaches by detecting and blocking malicious requests before they can reach the web application. 

It can also help with compliance. Many industries have specific security requirements that businesses must meet to comply with regulations. A WAF can help meet these requirements by providing additional security measures to web applications. A common example is Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance. PCI DSS references a WAF as one control mechanism that an organization can implement to verify whether Internet-facing web applications are placing cardholder information at risk. Another example is Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), in which a WAF can help keep protected health information secure.

Be Proactive

A web application firewall is an essential component of a comprehensive web application security strategy. It provides an additional layer of protection to web applications, helps prevent data breaches, and can help meet compliance requirements. With the increase in web-based attacks, it is important for businesses to take proactive measures to protect their web applications. Implementing a WAF is an effective way to do this and can save businesses time and money in the long run. SilverTech can help set up, monitor and increase your website security. Contact us to learn more or see our managed services page.

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