What the WAF? Understanding and augmenting what the WAF cannot see

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Erik Costlow, Principal Product Evangelist, Contrast Security

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In this webinar we will uncover why WAFs exist and go through architectures of a WAF, Cloud Native vs. On-Premise and of Self-Defending Applications. We’ll highlight what WAF’s can and cannot see and why they require augmentation to function to their fullest. We’ll also investigate into the three types of WAFs and highlight their similarities and differences: - Traditional WAF - “Next-Gen” WAF - Cloud WAF We will also discuss the commonalities and disparities of Cloud and on-premise WAF’s and present some best practices, deployment strategies and management for each. Additionally we’ll highlight WAF augmentation and underscore why you need to secure within the application instead of just in front and how Contrast’s platform can see things that are “invisible” to WAFs and comparing the different approaches to application protection. The webinar will illustrate how Runtime Application Self-Protection (RASP) works from within the application via instrumentation in production environments and show how easy it is to deploy in for DevOps, Cloud and Container environments. We will also illustrate why RASP is more accurate than a WAF, so you can block attacks out-of-the-box quickly, economically and effectively.

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