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Web application firewall security guide: Stop vulnerabilities, threats

Web application firewalls can do standard blocking and meet compliance needs, but the full benefits go beyond Web application protection from a variety of vulnerabilities

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and threats. Web application firewall security can help companies improve application performance, understand data flow and get a handle on application use.

This Web application firewall security mini guide offers a deeper look at how Web application firewalls work, how they can help protect your customers' environments, assist corporations in achieving compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), and stop a slew of evolving Web application attacks.

Web application security firewalls: How they can help protect customers
Web application firewall appliances and software are becoming a vital part of any customer's network security strategy. There are many ways in which a Web application firewall can assist in protecting your customers' environments.

This tip will provide a brief introduction to Web application firewalls, explaining what they do and how they work, the types of attacks they help thwart and the reasons why they are superior to Web application code reviews.

PCI DSS compliance: Web application firewall vs. code review
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard requirement 6.6 gives businesses a choice in how they protect card holder data: either use a Web application firewall or conduct Web application code reviews. Learn how to advise clients on this choice and help them comply with PCI DSS requirement 6.6.

In this tip, learn more about what PCI DSS requirement 6.6 entails, and learn how to advise clients on whether to choose a Web application firewall or a code review to get compliant.

Web application firewall security best practices: Tips on implementation (video)
Web application security tools and services continue to grow in popularity, thanks in large part to the PCI DSS. But there's more to Web application security than just complying with PCI DSS.

In this video, Hugh Thompson, founder of People Security, discusses Web application security best practices. Learn how tools like Web application firewalls fit into an overall security effort, how to position Web application security tools to customers, as well as how Web application security tools fit into the regulatory landscape.

Application security expertise a plus when offering WAF services
Application-security savvy solution providers can add valuable services around the selection, implementation and management of Web application firewalls (WAFs) to help customers build effective application and data protection programs.

In this tip, learn why Web application firewalls (WAF) are fast becoming a way of life for customers interested in creating effective data protection programs.

Web application firewall market is hot for resellers, service providers
Vendors in the Web application firewall market are beefing up their channel programs, and more security solution providers are either adding WAF as a stand-alone offering, or as part of an integrated application security practice.

This was first published in February 2010

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