You can't have a secure cloud without a secure edge.
The internet and corporate networks are distributed systems, and web-based attacks take advantage of that. They target IoT devices, web servers and other endpoints, seeking access to your data and infrastructure. The only way to stop them is to prevent that malicious traffic from reaching your endpoints in the first place.
That's why we acquired Zenedge in March. Its technologies—now available in the Oracle Dyn Web Application Security suite and coming to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure soon—enable organizations to protect against web server vulnerability exploits, DDoS attacks, bad bots, and other threats, both on-premises and in the cloud. This expertise is invaluable in an evolving threat landscape; we know where the hackers are going next and we're always working to meet them there.
But don't take my word for it. Gartner has named Oracle a “Visionary” in its latest Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls (WAFs).
A cloud-based, globally deployed WAF is the cornerstone of any cloud edge security strategy. It sits in front of a web server, inspects traffic, and identifies and mitigates threats—both incoming (such as DDoS attacks) and outgoing (such as data breaches). Those capabilities are pretty standard across the WAF market, but they're not enough these days. There are too many types of web attacks, which are constantly evolving, and new threats are always emerging.
The Oracle WAF stands out from the crowd with its use of machine learning. A supervised machine learning engine analyzes traffic queries and assigns them a score based on their potential risk. The WAF can then respond to threats by automatically blocking them or alerting security operations center analysts for further investigation.
These risk scores are a valuable differentiator. Our customers told Gartner that the scores help them improve their WAF configuration and enable their security teams to focus on addressing the most important, complex threats.
Oracle is committed to enterprise security as a pillar of its cloud platform. The emergence of the Oracle WAF as a visionary in the market is just the tip of the iceberg.
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure embraces the hybrid and multicloud approach that customers demand. This approach provides needed flexibility and scalability, but it also makes the corporate network even more distributed than it already is. A comprehensive edge security strategy, including the use of a cutting-edge WAF, is necessary to protect your business in this environment. Partnered with the industry’s best data and insights on internet performance, availability, and security via our Internet Intelligence program, this strategy gives the market a trusted enterprise cloud for the future.
Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls, Jeremy D'Hoinne, Adam Hils, Ayal Tirosh, Claudio Neiva, 29 August 2018
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