Akamai Positioned in the “Challengers” Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls
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CAMBRIDGE, MA – June, 2014 – Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications, today announced the company has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the “Challengers” quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls1.
“Our customers are facing a rapidly and continually changing threat landscape and as such, require Internet security solutions that can help protect valuable online assets from malicious actors,” explained Stuart Scholly, senior vice president and general manager, Security Business Unit, Akamai. “We believe that our inclusion as the only cloud-based Web Application Firewall (WAF) in the Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls validates our approach of offering this technology as a cloud-based service.”
Part of the Company’s Cloud Security Solutions offerings, Kona Site Defender is a highly-scalable edge defense service architected to detect and mitigate Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks as well as potential application layer attacks such as SQL injection attacks as they pass through Akamai’s Intelligent Platform. Kona Site Defender is designed to scale instantly to preserve performance and filter attack traffic close to the source of the attack, protecting customer infrastructure and keeping web applications up and running.
Customers using Kona Site Defender’s default Web Application Firewall rules configuration experienced, on average, 96 percent accuracy based on measurements that use the Matthews Correlation Coefficient (MCC) scoring. The accuracy levels demonstrated by Akamai’s out-of-the-box WAF configuration, represented by a reduction in reported false positives and false negatives, help customers better identify and block attacks while at the same time allowing legitimate traffic to pass.
The Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls is available for download at: http://www.prolexic.com/waf-magic-quadrant.
Akamai® is the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications. At the core of the Company’s solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform™ providing extensive reach, coupled with first class reliability, security, visibility and expertise. Akamai removes the complexities of connecting the increasingly mobile world, supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and enabling enterprises to securely leverage the cloud. To learn more about how Akamai is accelerating the pace of innovation in a hyperconnected world, please visit www.akamai.com or blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter.
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1Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls” by Jeremy D’Hoinne, Adam Hils, Greg Young, Joseph Feiman, June 17, 2014.
Content Type: Press Release
Release Date: June 24, 2014