Because applications drive today's corporate world, application security is now more critical than ever. However, as application architectures get more modern, cloud use increases and workloads move to the edge, your application's attack surface grows tremendously. Traditional web application firewall (WAF) and Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) solutions aren't enough to defend your complex mix of apps and APIs from an ever-increasing number of threats and developing assaults in this environment. Businesses require improved security against automated bot assaults and API-specific risks (more comprehensive, easier to implement and with real-time countermeasures).

Apps and APIs must be protected. A practical and easy-to-implement approach to safeguard web apps and APIs deployed in multicloud, and distributed settings are F5 Distributed Cloud Web App and API Protection (WAAP), available as a SaaS.

The F5 Distributed Cloud WAAP protects web apps and APIs in multicloud and distributed settings, making app security easier while enhancing overall efficacy. It combines four essential elements that are critical to ensuring the digital experience for today's modern businesses.

F5 Distributed Cloud WAF combines signature- and behavior-based security for online applications with state-of-the-art Advanced WAF technology. It works as an intermediary proxy, inspecting application requests and answers to block and mitigate threats, including the OWASP Top 10, threat campaigns, malicious users, etc.

F5 Distributed Cloud API Security blocks threat actors seeking to exploit application programming interfaces (APIs) to aid a breach or services outages. Organizations can quickly watch, refine and enforce correct API behavior with automated API discovery to detect and map API endpoints to any app and provide support for a positive security model with API swagger import.

F5 Distributed Cloud Bot Defense monitors and deflects hostile automation to prevent sophisticated, human-emulating attacks. It combines unified telemetry, network intelligence, AI/ML and human analysis to detect and protect against automated attacks, including credential stuffing, account takeover, scraping, card cracking, etc.

F5 Distributed Cloud DDoS Mitigation gives organizations multi-layered protection against attacks across layers 3–7, including network-level shielding from volumetric distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), DoS signatures, service policies such as rate-limiting, IP reputation and advanced scrubbing with deep packet inspection. This protects online sites and apps from faked and malformed traffic, request floods and other types of attacks that aim to overload them.

The F5 Distributed Cloud Load Balancer and Kubernetes Gateway combine a load balancer with Kubernetes and API gateways to make modern workloads and microservices easy to deploy across distributed clusters, regions, and cloud providers. The platform also has cloud-native computing capabilities at the network's edge, an app delivery network (ADN) which improves the end-user experience by distributing apps to the F5 Global Network's edge.

Cloud computing has revolutionized the way systems and applications are built, distributed and scaled and is perhaps one of the most significant technological advances of the previous decade. While the notion isn't wholly new, the underlying virtualization technology that underpins cloud computing is one of the most important technological advances in recent memory. By permitting management of the underlying hardware necessary to operate most of the Internet while decreasing operating costs and complexity, this technology has enabled people and businesses to share a pool of computing, storage and networking resources.

Multicloud, microservices and APIs coexist with older, data center-based systems as the modern application environment expands. Application security has become significantly more complicated due to procedural complications and increased time constraints on app development. F5 can assist organizations in streamlining their app security strategy.