Akamai Unveils Web Application and API Protection Solution

Akamai Technologies recently announced the launch of “App & API Protector,” the Company’s next-generation API and Web Application Protection (WAAP) solution.

It provides a holistic set of powerful protections designed for today’s modern applications and APIs with smart automation and simplicity.

With App & API Protector, Akamai customers have a unique integrated WAAP solution designed to deliver the best security outcomes without compromising on simplicity and ease of use. The main advantages include:

Automatic API discovery and security—Mix API risks and vulnerabilities with continuous discovery of known, unknown, and evolving APIs. API requests are automatically discovered and inspected for malicious code; and optional API security controls can be applied at the edge to enable positive API security models. Gartner’s 2021 Critical Capabilities Report ranked Akamai # 1 for the API Programmability and Security use case.

Adaptive and more precise detections—Detects up to twice as many attacks compared to traditional rule sets. Adaptive Threat-Based Detection uses a multidimensional threat assessment model that combines the intelligence of Akamai’s platform with data / metadata from every web and API request. This data is processed with decision-making logic that accurately identifies and stops stealth attacks with surgical-grade precision.

Continuous self-adjustment– Akamai’s Adaptive Security Engine not only keeps pace with rapidly evolving threats, but reduces false positives by up to five times to ease the effort required to maintain and adjust policies. Security triggers, whether real attacks or those falsely identified as attacks, are automatically and continuously analyzed with machine learning to provide very precise policy-by-policy tuning recommendations with insight. one-click implementation.

Integrated bot mitigation—Automatically detect and mitigate unwanted bots with built-in bot visibility and mitigation capabilities. Akamai’s industry-leading bot technology offers a large repository of over 1,500 known bots and gives customers the ability to create and define bots to proactively monitor scans and prevent attacks. For more persistent and conflicting bot operators, Akamai offers its class-leading Bot Manager solution to mitigate this threat.

Automatic updates—Enable a hands-off approach to WAAP with adaptive protections fully managed by Akamai. Our world-class security researchers use advanced machine learning and data mining techniques to continuously analyze over 303TB of attack data daily and automatically update protections against the latest threats. Customers can also opt for manual / evaluation mode of operation to minimize any unexpected impact from new updates.

Simplified DevOps integration—Easily integrate WAAP functionality using Akamai CLI, Terraform, or scripting into the CI / CD automation pipeline. Enable rapid application integration, ensure uniform management of security policies across large application and API portfolios, and centralize security enforcement across hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructures.

Amol Mathur, VP of Product Management, Akamai
As the online threat landscape continues to evolve, the need for a holistic and adaptive approach to web application and API security is clear. With the introduction of our new App & API Protector, Akamai customers now have a single, comprehensive solution that makes sophisticated protection extremely simple.

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