IDC Technology Spotlight

Web Application Firewalls: Critical Component of API Security

As enterprises continue to move to digital networks, mobile computing, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things, they increase their exposure to malicious attacks. The cost of these attacks is high for both reputation and bottom line. This IDC Technology Spotlight looks at trends and market challenges in mitigating attacks — especially application security (AppSec), but also including distributed denial of service (DDoS) — and newer technologies to protect the enterprise. After a brief discussion about Akamai's Kona Site Defender and Web Application Protector, this document provides some advice to enterprises looking for partners to help protect them against application and DDoS attacks.

In this IDC Technology Spotlight paper, you will learn:

  • A common set of baseline terms and definitions for security professionals dealing with internet threats, including DDoS Attacks, Multi-Vector, DDoS Mitigation, Cloud Services, Web Security, and API Security
  • Trends and challenges that IT and business professionals should be aware of, including visibility into attack vectors, insight into unknown and new malware, and vulnerabilities as enterprise architectures make the digital or cloud transformation
  • Recommendations that any enterprise should consider when looking for partners to help mitigate DDoS and other malicious attacks