WAF Security Architecture

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If you are not familiar with what Waf security architecture is, then you may have heard of it and not understood it. Waf refers to the Web Application Firewall as found in the SSL and TLDs. It stands for Websafe Application. SSL/TLDs contain certificates that serve as a proof of authenticity for a website. In short, it serves as a digital signature that authenticates a site.

The SSL layer is what makes all the difference between safe web applications and unsafe ones. All the web servers communicate with one another via an IP address (an IP address can be local or global). The SSL also creates an identity that identifies each user logging onto the network. The benefits of using Waf security architecture includes preventing unauthorized access, filtering suspicious traffic, and blocking virus attacks. By configuring the firewall to allow or block certain types of traffic, the administrator can ensure that only acceptable traffic is allowed through the server.

Another benefit of this type of web application security system is to provide better control over what is going on with a company’s data at the enterprise level. An IDS or Intrusion Detection System is an important part of this solution. On the software side, Waf technology provides packet sniffers that allow administrators to capture traffic, determine the source, and log what is happening with the packets. With this information, the administrator is able to determine which applications are being affected, and why. It is essential for companies to protect sensitive data from being compromised.

When web applications are properly implemented, Waf security systems allow traffic to be analyzed at the layer of the firewall where it enters the network. Certain types of traffic can bypass these layers and cause security issues. Intrusion detection systems use WAFs to identify suspicious traffic and make changes in policy accordingly. When a policy is not set, traffic is allowed to pass through as normal.

A major benefit of using WAFs is the false positives that they eliminate. Traditional firewalls commonly flags traffic based on common keywords or patterns, but often times cannot differentiate between false positives and real threats. By removing false positives, a WAF can more effectively detect and prevent attacks. Some examples of false positives include unknown domain names, FTP servers, and email spam. By removing these, a WAF can more effectively block dangerous web applications and protect the company from threats.

A WAF also has a negative security model. The use of a WAF negatively impacts overall application security by introducing false positives into the system. By flagging certain attacks as “uncalled for” or “spam”, a WAF creates more work for security professionals. When there are too many false positives to keep blocking the same attacks, the system becomes vulnerable to attack from different sources. This can result in an increase in scanning, slower response time for attacks, and overall compromised performance.

In addition to creating work for IT professionals, a WAF introduces a layer of complexity for end users as well. With a traditional firewall, a business owner can prevent attacks on their system by blocking attackers on their network. However, a traditional firewall is often unable to differentiate between attacks on the system and attacks on servers running other applications. With a WAF, a business owner has to rely on IT professionals to manually detect and stop attacks on the company’s servers. If an end user finds that a server running another application is being attacked, the process of removing the offending application is often complicated and time-consuming.

In addition to introducing additional risks for end users, a WAF can also introduce risks to the organization. By allowing data to pass between servers without any authentication, a WAF poses a threat to the confidentiality of data. Many businesses have found that attacks on servers used for storing sensitive data have resulted in data leakage attacks, which in some cases have resulted in legal action against the company. While organizations may be able to avoid these types of issues by implementing WAFs, they should not overlook the benefits that a WAF offers.

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