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Protect your organisation with a Web Application Firewall

A Web application firewall (WAF) can provide advanced protection from application layer attacks that threaten to cripple Web sites and penetrate an organization’s application security measures.

Web application layer and injection attacks wreak havoc by attacking the web application itself or by forwarding logic to a database to compromise the data stored within it. Threats fall into three primary categories:


  • Cross site scripting, where vulnerabilities in XSS enable hackers to introduce a script to be executed in the user’s browser

  • SQL injection, where fake database queries are introduced to infiltrate or overwhelm critical databases and applications

  • Malicious file execution, where attackers exploit an application’s vulnerability to remote file inclusion in order to enter malicious data and code


To combat these threats, organizations can deploy an application firewall between a Web client and a Web server to perform a deep inspection of every request and response in every common form of Web traffic. By identifying abnormal or malicious traffic and blocking it from reaching the Web server, the application firewall can effectively protect the server and the organization.


Kona Site Defender – a full-featured Web application firewall from Akamai

Akamai’s Kona Site Defender provides a broad-spectrum layer of defense that includes a full-featured Web application firewall that helps to detect and deflect threats in HTTP and HTTPS traffic. Akamai’s application firewall is implemented inline across a globally distributed platform of tens of thousands of servers, providing alerts or blocking attacks near their source before they reach the customer.

Akamai’s application firewall offers:


  • Superior protection without compromising performance or availability of the origin server – Akamai’s Web Application firewall is deployed at the edge rather in the host data center, in order to minimize impact on performance

  • Instant scalability to handle spikes in malicious traffic – the Akamai Web Application firewall runs on a robust, global platform that can easily accommodate large volumes of traffic

  • cloud security solution that requires no new investments in IT infrastructure

Advantages of Akamai’s application firewall

As an enterprise cloud computing solution that is deployed at the edge of your network, Kona Web Application Firewall enables you to:

  • Minimize the risk of data breach and downtime with a web application firewall that has the scale to deflect or absorb the largest DoS and DDoS attacks

  • Maintain performance during attacks by relying on Akamai’s a globally distributed architecture

  • Simplify web security with pre-defined application-layer controls that are easily configurable

  • Adapt quickly to a changing threat landscape with security rules that are continuously refined and updated by Akamai's Threat Intelligence Team

  • Reduce the operational expense and capital investment usually associated with web security by leveraging Akamai's cloud security service


About Akamai

Akamai secures and delivers digital experiences for the world’s largest companies. Akamai’s intelligent edge platform surrounds everything, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, and secure. Top brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realize competitive advantage through agile solutions that extend the power of their multi-cloud architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps, and experiences closer to users than anyone — and attacks and threats far away. Akamai’s portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access, and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatched customer service, analytics, and 24/7/365 monitoring. To learn why the world’s top brands trust Akamai, visit

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