Sophisticated forms of cyber attacks like SQL injection, XSS and API contain potential risks for business information systems. Therefore, data security solutions have become a top topic of concern in the present, including WAAP. So what is WAAP? Let’s find out with VNETWORK.
What is WAAP?
WAAP (Web Application and API Protection) is a set of cyber security solutions and services created to protect enterprise web applications and APIs. By acting as a protective wall, WAAP helps secure web applications and APIs from security vulnerabilities and sophisticated cyberattacks.
To optimize cyber security for web applications and APIs of enterprises, WAAP has been integrated with many advanced security features including:
Web Application Firewall (WAF)
Why WAAP is essential for enterprises
WAAP (Web Application and API Protection) plays an important role in protecting enterprises from security threats and sophisticated cyber attacks. Here are some reasons why WAAP is essential for enterprises:
Protect connections between apps and services
APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) connect applications and services, creating a flexible communication environment between different systems. However, this also contains many security vulnerabilities and network risks, in case hackers successfully penetrate the network of enterprises, they can remotely control devices in the system. At this point, WAAP will protect the system, especially web applications and APIs, from DDoS and Man-in-the-Middle attacks. With security rules that focus on Layer 7, WAAP detects and blocks sophisticated attacks, keeping the applications and APIs of enterprises running smoothly and securely.
Protect customer data and important information
Enterprises often collect and store important customer information, including personal information, financial records, and other sensitive data. For the security requirements of this important data, WAAP helps prevent and block illegal attacks such as information theft, fraud, or others. Not only using web application firewall (WAF), WAAP also combines the self-learning ability of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to identify and analyze attack patterns, based on rules and user behavior, thereby helping to protect customer data and important information of the business.
Ensure compliance with safety standards and legal regulations
Enterprises must comply with a number of safety standards and legal regulations related to information security including GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard). In order to meet security standards and regulations, WAAP provides powerful security features such as data encryption and access control to ensure that important information of enterprises is always kept safe and in compliance with legal requirements and regulations.
Business challenges in securing web applications and APIs
Web applications and APIs are attractive targets with hackers because they contain sensitive data, such as financial records, personal information, and others. The challenges for enterprises in ensuring the security of web applications and APIs can be listed as:
SQL Injection, XSS, CSRF attacks
Sophisticated attacks such as SQL Injection, Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), and Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) can immediately put the web applications of enterprises in a dangerous state, making them easy to penetrate and steal information. For this point, strong cyber security measures are needed to prevent unauthorized access and protect the important data of users and enterprises.
Challenges in data security
Throughout the data exchange process between the application and the server, the data must be encrypted and protected safely from unauthorized theft. In case the system is not equipped with strict security measures, the data of users and enterprises can be usurped dangerous individuals with criminal purposes, affecting business operations.
Challenges in managing SSL/TLS certificates
SSL/TLS certificates play an important role in protecting web applications and APIs from man-in-the-middle and phishing attacks. However, managing SSL/TLS certificates is a challenge for enterprises because it requires ensuring that certificates are up-to-date and valid.
Accessing and management rights to web application and API resources requires strict permission policies and periodic audit processes. The purpose of this is to ensure that only authorized users can access and manage resources of the company.
Outstanding advantages of WAAP in solving security challenges
Facing the above challenges, WAAP protects web applications and APIs effectively and comprehensively from sophisticated large-scale attacks through outstanding advantages including:
Detect and prevent malicious bots:
Malicious bots can affect web applications and APIs by performing actions such as stealing website content, stealing account information, and DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks. To counter malicious bots, WAAP applies a number of advanced technologies such as behavioral analysis and machine learning. Behavioral analysis technology allows WAAP to automatically identify abnormal and unusual behavior of malicious bots compared to real users and block malicious bots as soon as they attempt to access the system. In addition, machine learning allows the system to collect and classify behavioral patterns of malicious bots, automatically update and adjust algorithms to reduce the error rate and increase the ability to detect new and increasingly sophisticated malicious bots.
Comprehensive security against attacks:
WAAP protects web applications and APIs from many forms of attacks, including:
SQL injection attack: applying mechanisms that check input data, WAAP removes special characters and dangerous syntax, ensuring that no unsafe SQL statements are executed from the attacking side
XSS attack: applying filters and checking input data to remove these malicious codes, WAAP ensures that they cannot execute on the browser of users and harm the system
API attacks: WAAP provides strong authentication and authorization mechanisms to ensure that only authorized users have access to APIs of the system, preventing unauthorized access to APIs and ensuring the integrity and security of data
In addition, WAAP has the ability to scale to protect against large DDoS attacks targeting Layer 7 of web applications and APIs.
Account takeover protection:
Account takeover is one of the most common forms of attack with the purpose of unauthorized access to the user or administrator account, thereby causing serious damage to the business operations and the reputation of individuals and enterprises.
For this issue, WAAP uses a variety of modern techniques and advanced technologies to prevent account takeover. Among them, the two-factor authentication (2FA) technique combines a password with a code to enhance security and ensure that the user is really the authorized person to access the account. Another important factor of WAAP to protect accounts is to track and analyze user behavior. In the event of any strange or unusual activity, WAAP will warn the user or temporarily block to ensure that no one can unauthorized access the account.
Easy integration and convenient management:
Effective integration and management can help enterprises save time and resources in deploying and using a security solution for their web applications and APIs. Customizable interface and dashboard of WAAP allow users to customize security rules according to companies own security policy, while providing detailed information about attacks and security activities.
WAAP is also compatible with a variety of web applications and APIs, allowing for flexible integration and minimizing disruption during application development, helping to save time and resources for enterprises.
Why choose WAAP from VNETWORK?
VNIS platform from VNETWORK is a comprehensive security solution for layer 3, 4, and 7 of enterprises with multi-CDN and WAAP. In which, WAAP helps to protect the safety of web applications and APIs of enterprises, including:
Web application firewall (WAF) to block threats to websites
Monitoring and reducing malicious botnets
WAAP protection model
With WAAP under VNIS platform, enterprises can rest assured that there are comprehensive protection for all web applications and APIs from many sophisticated cyberattacks. In addition, WAAP from VNIS platform also helps control access, and supports timely prevention of illegal intrusion actions.
In addition, enterprises can customize security rules according to their own policies, and are supported by the 24/7 SOC monitoring system, which helps to detect and resolve issues quickly and effectively, ensuring that systems of enterprises are safe from network intrusion.
WAAP from VNIS platform also automatically detects and protects APIs from security vulnerabilities, including threats according to the OWASP standard. As a result, the system not only ensures security but also operates stably, helping enterprises to proactively respond to cybersecurity threats, protect data, and optimize business operations.