13Nov - by mnm - 0 - In Technology

Web Application Firewall Software solutions provide users with an application-layer firewall that protects enterprises from application-layer attacks, such as SQL injection attacks, application-layer Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, and Cross-Site Scripting (XSS). WAF solutions offer protection to application servers against security breaches and loss of business information. These solutions are implemented ahead of web servers with an aim to monitor web applications, defend them from threats, and enforce compliance requirements.

360Quadrants, the most granular comparison platform, has released a quadrant on Web Application Firewall Software to help businesses make quicker and more informed decisions. The quadrant has Imperva, F5 Networks, and Akamai Technologies sharing space as Visionary Leaders. 360Quadrants are generated post analysis of companies (product portfolios and business strategy). Quadrants will be updated every three months based on market and regional analyses and developments in Web Application Firewall Software. 360Quadrants also lists the 20 best companies in the Web Application Firewall Software space.

The Imperva SecureSphere Web Application Firewall (WAF) identifies and acts upon dangerous website traffic. SecureSphere WAF blocks technical attacks—such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting, and remote file inclusion—that exploit vulnerabilities in web applications. SecureSphere WAF protection is available both on-premises and in the cloud. SecureSphere appliances provide a flexible platform to power Imperva’s web, database, and file security solutions. SecureSphere WAF examines all user access to business-critical web applications and protects user applications from cyberattacks.

F5 Networks’ Advanced Web Application Firewall (WAF) Software defends against application attacks through malicious bot protection, application-layer encryption, API inspection, and behavior analytics. F5 Networks’ WAF protects web applications from XSS, SQL injection, cookie poisoning, and other threats. It protects web apps by filtering, monitoring, and blocking any malicious HTTPS traffic traveling to the web application. F5’s proactive bot defenses stop automated attacks by identifying and filtering out malicious bot traffic. F5 Networks’ WAF includes F5 DataSafe, which helps encrypt data at the application layer without the need for application updates.

Akamai Web Application Protector’s WAF is easy-to-manage and features highly capable DDoS protection. WAP protects applications from a wide range of network and application layer threats both in data centers and in the cloud. It is developed on the Akamai Intelligent Platform with built-in performance capabilities, delivering security protection without any compromise. The Akamai Kona Web Application Firewall is a highly scalable application firewall that protects users against emerging attacks while keeping application performance high. Kona WAF examines every HTTP and HTTPS request before serving it, identifying and stopping web security threats before they reach the data center.

Web Application Firewall Software Quadrant Highlights

360Quadrants covers 30 companies in the Web Application Firewall Software space and places the top 25 of them in a quadrant based on their quality, reliability, and business outcome. These 25 companies are categorized as Visionary Leaders, Innovators, Dynamic Differentiators, and Emerging Companies.

360Quadrants recognizes Imperva, F5 Networks, Akamai Technologies Inc and Citrix Systems Inc as Visionary Leaders; Zenedge, Applicure Technologies Ltd, Denyall, Stackpath, Radware, Cloudflare, Sitelock LLC, and Instart as Innovators; Sophos Ltd, Positive Technologies, Trustwave Holdings Inc, and Brocade Communications Systems Inc as Dynamic Differentiators; and Ergon Informatik, Barracuda Networks, United Security Providers, Sucuri, A10 Networks, Nsfocus, and Penta Security Qualys as Emerging Companies. The 360Quadrants platform provides the most granular Web Application Firewall Software comparisons between vendors.


The methodology used to rank vendors of Web Application Firewall Software involved the use of extensive secondary research to identify key vendors by referring to annual reports, press releases, investor presentations, white papers, and various related directories and databases. 30 key vendors were shortlisted based on their breadth of product offerings, organization size, and several other criteria. The scores and weights for shortlisted vendors against each parameter were finalized after extensive research. After the finalization of ratings, each vendor was placed in the most relevant quadrant based on its score in the product offering and business strategy parameters.

About 360Quadrants

360Quadrants is the largest marketplace looking to disrupt US $3.7 trillion of technology spend and is the only rating platform for vendors in the technology space that combines data from buyers, vendors, experts, and in-house analysts. The platform provides users access to unbiased information that helps them make qualified business decisions. 360Quadrants enables vendors to influence the business decisions of potential clients. Vendors get to win ideal new customers, customize their quadrants, decide key parameters, and position themselves strategically in a niche space, to be consumed by giants and start-ups alike. 360Quadrants aims to simplify and de-risk complex purchase decisions by providing buyers with real-world insights from their peers, industry experts, analysts, and vendors, helping buyers make more informed decisions and find the best-fit solutions faster. Experts get to grow their brand and increase their thought leadership. The platform targets the building of a social network that links industry experts with companies worldwide.

360Quadrants has also launched quadrants in fields like Application Modernization Services, AI Platform, and AI in Manufacturing.