Global content delivery network (CDN) provider Fastly (NYSE: FSLY) has announced beta availability of Signal Sciences agent on their Fastly edge cloud platform. According to Fastly, it represents a critical milestone toward the company’s vision of empowering developers to protect apps and APIs in every environment – cloud, on-premise, hybrid and now at the network edge.
“By bringing together the precision of Signal Sciences’ technology with the scale of Fastly’s network, organizations will have greater protection and security posture through multiple layers of defense,” said Christopher Rodriguez, Research Manager of Cybersecurity at IDC. “Both DDoS and web application attacks are on the rise, and mitigation at the edge is more important than ever before. With real-time signals security teams can accurately detect suspicious traffic and quickly create rules to protect against potential attacks.”
Through these advancements, Fastly’s clients would be able to:
- Access smarter detection capabilities – By evaluating attack indications to better identify traffic kinds, Fastly’s “next-generation” WAF would provide enhanced detection capabilities. When a malicious request is discovered, it is marked and forwarded to Fastly’s edge, where blocking capabilities are initiated for a better and more informed security experience.
- Enable faster, more targeted blocking – Signal exclusions rules will be supported in Signal Sciences’ management dashboard, based on attack indications provided by Signal Sciences’ technology, to guarantee that innocuous traffic is not stopped accidentally.
- Reduce false positives – According to a recent poll by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), 75% of respondents said their businesses spend as much time or more on false positives as they do on genuine threats. This innovation would address this issue head-on, reducing the impact on genuine online traffic and team workflow.
- Enable a multi-layer defense strategy – Fastly’s WAF technology, in combination with its large-scale network, is specifically built to absorb the most powerful DDoS attacks and prevent traffic from slowing or halting entirely. Fastly also provides an application layer of rate limitation and IP blocking at the edge for its customers. Each of these levels, when combined, would create a powerful defense in depth approach that protects businesses from a wide range of harmful assaults.
“Leaders need to reconsider how they are protecting their network, apps, and APIs as attackers get smarter,” said Dana Wolf, senior vice president of product and marketing at Fastly. “Security attacks can occur anywhere, and we want to enable our customers to run protection where it makes sense to them. Whether that’s in the cloud, data center, or ideally, at the edge. Fastly’s large global network, combined with Signal Sciences’ superior signal detection technology, makes it possible for organizations to enable a multi-layer or defense in depth strategy to protect every part of their business, no matter the environment.”