The future of web security is in the cloud

The future of web security is in the cloud

Would you buy a house missing 40 percent of its roof, or board a boat with a hole in the bottom? Of course not. Unfortunately, organizations relying on a hardware stack to secure their web presence are as vulnerable to disaster as a homeowner with a missing roof. That’s why many businesses are looking for new solutions to meet their application security needs. In fact, Forbes recently reported a decline in sales of "on-premises" security as many businesses switch away from appliance-based security solutions and move to the cloud.

In the past, websites were made up of relatively static content from a single web server delivered via a single delivery path. Back then, traditional security appliances provided sufficient protection because most of the key content  lived in your data center. But as more and more workloads are being migrated to the cloud, appliances are no longer sufficient for ensuring the security of your web apps.

Jay Heiser, Vice President of Research at Gartner recently warned CIOs to reframe their thinking from “Is the cloud secure?” to “Am I using the cloud securely?” 

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3 reasons every business with a web presence needs cloud-based security

The security perimeter has changed. Modern web applications need a scalable, cloud-based security solution that not only protects the origin, but extends into the browser to secure the entire application delivery path.

1. Responsiveness and intelligence 

Cloud-based providers have a wider field of vision than individual appliance vendors and can use this security intelligence to respond quickly to new threats. Instart has the technical expertise and diverse client base to identify and defend against established and emerging online security threats.

2. Rapid, global ability to scale 

Legacy CDNs use private data centers which may be large and geographically dispersed, but aren’t designed to manage the increasing scale of DDoS attacks. By combining traditional point of presence (PoP) and cloud-based resources, Instart can rapidly scale to handle the size and complexity of modern DDoS attacks and improve website performance overall. 

3. Cost savings 

With cloud-based security, you also get lower, predictable operational costs. Replace surprise repair costs and expensive new equipment purchases with a flat-rate line item.

Instart offers the first cloud application security platform to deliver complete web app and API protection (WAAP). The Instart WAAP platform provides a single cloud-based service, powered by a single rules engine and a unified threat intelligence system. Instart shields your website, apps, and APIs against attacks that target application vulnerabilities, sophisticated bots, and browser-based threats, including: 

  • DDoS attacks, such as slow post attacks, SYN Flood, DNS spoofing, and HTTP protocol violation. Instart DDoS Mitigation provides industry-leading DDoS protection with a scalable, cloud-based proxy combined with traffic layer protection, traffic blocking, rate limiting, and origin shield features.
  • Application attacks - including cross-site script (XSS), cross-site request forgery (XSRF), SQL injection (SQLi), local file inclusion (LFI), remote code execution (RCE), data exfiltration, PHP injection, and path traversal.
  • Bot attacks, such as credential stuffing, denial of inventory, credit card/gift card fraud, fake account, fake review, content scraping, and price scraping. As bots become better at impersonating humans, bot management solutions that cannot leverage data from other sources to differentiate bots from real users are increasingly ineffective. By examining data from a range of touchpoints, Instart can detect even the most sophisticated automated activity. 
  • JavaScript attacks, such as third-party JavaScript web skimming attacks, form jacking, cookie hijacking, and data exfiltration. Take back control of third-party code and establish a security barrier around sensitive information your customers enter into the browser. Block access to form fields, such as credit card payment fields, except for scripts you specifically give permission. For example, with a payment form, you could allow only the first-party JavaScript that validates the credit card number pattern to access the user’s input.

Learn more about how Instart was designed to deliver complete protection for the modern web apps of today (and tomorrow), helping to secure your online assets against future threats.

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