F5 Distributed Cloud Web Application and API Protection (WAAP) delivers heightened security for apps and APIs in a simple-to-deploy but powerful, four-pronged SaaS-based solution.
Applications are the lifeblood of businesses today, fueling a surge in global enterprise software spending expected to top US $600 billion for 2021, according to Statista.com. But with the ever-increasing deployment and usage of apps worldwide come requirements for powerful app security.
The need for more protection is heightened because organizations are increasingly deploying apps in a distributed model across cloud providers, edge locations, and public and private environments. This is particularly true for those using modern apps built with microservices and multiple distributed clusters.
At the same time, cybercriminals have found more ways than ever to expose, alter, disable, steal, or gain unauthorized access to apps and IT infrastructure, in part due to the overall growing complexity of app environments. Attacks are coming from vectors across all interaction points of the application surface, requiring a sophisticated and broad-based defense. Bad actors continue to be opportunistic in finding ways to exploit vulnerabilities (Log4j being a recent example).
In today’s security landscape, “every organization should expect frequent attacks of some sort, but neither organizations nor attackers are uniform groups,” states F5 Labs’ Application Protection Report for 2022. “Organizations run different applications on different networks, store different types of data, have different customers, different controls, different regulatory regimes, and different risk appetites. Application architectures are increasingly distributed and decentralized for performance and resilience, which in turn introduces multiple intersecting responsibilities with respect to protecting data.”
As app environments evolve and expand, it further illustrates the importance of an overarching app security strategy—one that implements a multi-layered approach and a more coordinated security effort across all teams that play a part in the app lifecycle.
To help provide in-depth defense and a coordinated security architecture for an organization’s web apps and APIs, F5 is introducing F5 Distributed Cloud Web Application and API Protection (WAAP).
SaaS-based F5 Distributed Cloud WAAP secures web apps and APIs deployed in multi-cloud and distributed environments, simplifying app security while increasing overall efficacy. It brings together four key components critical to securing the digital experience for today’s modern enterprises:
Distributed Cloud WAAP helps organizations break down organizational silos to bridge old and new operating models, and legacy and modern apps, on a business and technical level. It simplifies security policy and enforcement across clouds, data centers, and edge locations to reduce complexity and ensure more consistent policy.
These critical business outcomes are enabled by:
In short, F5 Distributed Cloud WAAP will help your organization make its secure apps a digital differentiator.