If you aren’t familiar with the term WAF, (or Web Application Firewall for those who are acronym challenged like myself), then this blog is for you.
Essentially, a Web Application Firewall is an appliance, server plugin, or filter that protects servers from malicious web-based attacks by applying a set of rules to an HTTP conversation. Attacks that ISPs typically cannot protect against. Traditionally, this brings to mind the battle against SQL injections or cross-site scripting, but today’s WAF is so much more.
Fpweb.net is partnering with the leader in site security, Incapsula.
Incapsula is an Imperva Company and these folks have crafted the finest Enterprise WAF available on the market. It doesn’t just protect against SQL injections and cross-site scripting, it protects against illegal resource access and the other Top Ten OWASP threats. Incapsula also distinguishes between “good” and “bad” bot traffic. To add to the benefits, Incapsula’s solution is PCI certified without the need for any hardware or software installation, and requires no changes to your application. Gotta love a turn-key compliance!
But maybe you’re not worried about these threats. In that case, you’re probably already hosting with Fpweb.net in one of our State-of-the-art Data Centers. But for the rest of you – wouldn’t it be incredible if you could increase your site performance?
Increase Site Performance
Are your global users constantly having issues with responsiveness? Incapsula employs Global CDN & Caching to give that extra oomph to your remote users. Their Content Delivery Network (yep, the acronym has a real name!) uses intelligent caching and content optimization tools to accelerate responsiveness. The solution profiles the site resources and then identifies both dynamic and static cache-able content.
Customize to Fit Your Business Needs
I could rattle on about the other value adds from the Incapsula services, but I’ll let you check out the details for yourselves at www.incapsula.com. Be sure to read the available customizations that can be made to meet your specific concerns. Their WAF allows for customer-specific threat policy management, and your own custom security rules. With their Global CDN & Caching, you can set up your own custom caching rules too! You get full control of your caching policy and you can manage it all directly from your own private Incapsula account. Their dashboard allows for a full view with analytics!
Critically Acclaimed, Secure WAF
It isn’t just my opinion that WAF’s bring value – even Gartner is talking about it! Their February 28, 2014 report, Web Application Firewalls Are Worth the Investment for Enterprises, is a must read for anyone concerned with security. Among their key findings: WAFs are different from next-generation firewalls and intrusion prevention systems in that WAFs protect custom web applications (think SharePoint) at a granular level. Gartner summarizes that WAFs create the added security layer for most public-facing websites, internal business-critical applications and custom web applications. They are quick to point out in their analysis that most enterprises use the low PCI compliance standard to meet a successful audit when they should consider that compliance doesn’t always equal sound security.
I know, this all sounds great, but I can hear most of you now… “Thanks, but no thanks! I don’t want to spend the money and find out it doesn’t work.” And to that I say, “How about a two week free trial?” Feel free to call or email me or anyone else in the Customer Success department and we’ll get you started. We’ll help you set up the trial and customize it to meet your SharePoint site’s security needs, or get you in the system and let you customize it yourself if you prefer.
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to implement a new WAF for your SharePoint site! And be sure to check out other great SharePoint solutions in Fpweb.net’s new SharePoint Solution Showcase!