Akamai Redefines WAAP Simplicity and Automation with New App and API Protector

Protects against complex web and API-based attacks and mitigates bots with a unique, easy-to-use solution powered by Akamai’s Adaptive Security Engine

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., November 8, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the World’s Most Trusted Solution for Powering and Protecting Digital Experiences, Today Announces the Launch of App & API Protector, the Next Generation Web Application and API Protection Solution (WAAP). It provides a holistic set of powerful protections designed for today’s modern applications and APIs with smart automation and simplicity.

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Last month Akamai released its latest State of the Internet / Security report, ‘API: the attack surface that connects us allWhich highlighted the challenges organizations face in the evolving threat landscape, especially as APIs reported by Gartner will be the most common online attack vector by 2022. In fact API calls are by design easier and faster to automate than other software endpoints, making them an increasingly attractive target for cybercriminals.

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– Mitigate API risks and vulnerabilities through 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 the data / metadata of every web request and API. 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 mistakenly identified as attacks, are automatically and continuously analyzed with machine learning to provide very precise policy-by-policy tuning recommendations with an in-depth implementation. a click.

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 the more persistent and contradictory bot operators, Akamai offers its Robot 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 security policy management across large application and API portfolios, and centralize security enforcement across hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructures.

“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 unique and holistic solution that makes protection extremely simple, ”said Amol Mathur, vice president of product management, Akamai. “This builds on Akamai’s proven security technologies, introducing new levels of sophisticated and automated intelligence to keep our customers one step ahead of cybercriminals.

In September, Akamai was appointed chief in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Application and API Protection and ranked highest in execution ability among companies rated for their ability to protect web applications and APIs. In addition, Akamai also received the highest scores for three of the four use cases in the 2021 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Cloud Web Application and API Protection report, including the API security use case.

To learn more about Akamai being named a Leader in Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Web Application and API Protection, September 20, 2021, a free copy of the report is available here.

For more information on App & API Protector, visit here.

About Akamai
Akamai powers and protects life online. The world’s most innovative companies choose Akamai to secure and deliver their digital experiences, helping billions of people live, work and play every day. With the world’s largest and most trusted edge platform, Akamai keeps applications, code, and experiences closer to users, and threats further away. Learn more about Akamai’s security, content delivery, and edge computing products and services at www.akamai.com, blogs.akamai.com, or follow Akamai Technologies on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Akamai Declaration under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
This press release contains information about the future expectations, plans and prospects of Akamai management that constitute forward-looking statements for the purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may vary. differ materially from those indicated by such statements due to various important factors including, but not limited to, failure of solutions to perform as intended or meet market needs, failure of network infrastructure, ‘Akamai and other factors which are discussed in Akamai’s Annual Report on Form 10 -K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.


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