Application Services Update: Security, Speed, and Suspicious Visitors

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Lori MacVittie
Published March 01, 2018

It’s time again to dig into the application services organizations are actually using to make apps faster and safer.

Of note is a rise in use of bot defense services and the slow but steady inroads being made by HTTP/2.

While not an application service, per se, the low adoption of cookie encryption (only 11%) makes us sad given it’s an easy way to add some protection to any web-based application or API.



application services jan 2018


Web acceleration and HTTP compression services each dropped by 1% each quarter over quarter. It appears that loss was gained by HTTP2, as it rose by 1%.

The Fourth Annual State of Application Delivery 2018 revealed that 23% of respondents plan on deploying an HTTP/2 Gateway in 2018, making it one of the top five application services planned for deployment in 2018.



Use of application access and web single-sign on services remained steady at 26% of organizations.

Analysis from F5 Labs revealed that applications and identities were the initial targets in 86% of breaches, making these application services critical.

Web security continues to see deployment at 25% of organizations.



Bot defense gained 3% over last quarter, growing from 13% to 16% of organizations employing it to defend against malicious non-human traffic.

Research from F5 Labs detailing the growth of malicious bots indicates this upward trend is likely to continue

app fast facts - jan 2018