Small and medium-size businesses are not the only ones moving applications to public cloud environments like Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS is saving enterprises a lot of time and money too. Moving enterprise apps to the cloud means you’re only paying for the infrastructure and bandwidth you need, rather than ramping up physical data centers for what may be unpredictable surges in application traffic. AWS replaces the up-front costs of establishing or upgrading a data center with low variable costs, and allows IT staff to focus on other high-priority projects.
Without cloud-based application security, though, companies are more vulnerable to a data breach. That’s because companies face the same security risks in the cloud as they do with on-premise applications. And, those risks are significant. The number of reported data breaches resulting from cyber attacks reached an all-time high in 2012 and 2013 (DataLossDB.org), with SQL injection and cross-site scripting as common tactics of choice. What’s more, the 2014 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report showcases Web application attacks as the first of the nine most prevalent attack patterns seen in 2013.
That’s why running applications on AWS also means that application defenses are needed there, too.
To address that, Imperva brought its market leading Web Application Firewall (WAF) to AWS. This means that SecureSphere WAF can be deployed quickly in the cloud environment; it detects high-volumes of traffic, scaling up and down as needed; and it integrates with the key AWS technologies like CloudWatch, CloudFormation, and Elastic Load Balancing.
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