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Defining Cloud Web Application and API Protection (WAAP) Services

Today’s enterprises are embracing the cloud and APIs, and that is changing their network and application security needs. While standalone Web Application Firewall (WAF) appliances still provide powerful on-premises protection, companies rolling out digital business initiatives are clamoring for protection for applications hosted in multiple clouds, or a combination of hosted and on-premises. Enterprises are also demanding API protection services to ensure greater protection for their web applications. According to Gartner, the market is moving from WAF and cloud WAF towards a new standard the analyst firm defines as WAAP — cloud Web Application and API Protection services. By 2023, more than 30 percent of public-facing web applications will be protected by WAAP services that combine DDoS protection, bot mitigation, API protection and WAF. Key takeaways from this Gartner report include: - What core features define a state-of-the-art cloud WAAP service; - What future capabilities cloud WAAP services are adding; - The key risks IT must anticipate when evaluating a cloud WAAP service. Digital business is changing quickly — and so are the technologies safeguarding them. This report from Gartner provides an essential guide for any security and risk manager looking to stay current with evolving security needs and solutions.

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