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KEMP ships new Application Firewall Pack

Friday 21 November 2014

20 November 2014 − KEMP Technologies has launched a new Application Firewall Pack (AFP) for its LoadMaster™ range of load balancers and Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs). By integrating Web Application Firewall (WAF) and other security services, KEMP enables secure, scalable and always-on workload delivery in a single ADC and load balancing solution.

KEMP’s LoadMaster range already integrates a range of native security capabilities including edge security, Layer 7 IPS/IDS, DDoS mitigation, application publishing, client authentication and single sign-on as standard. And now with the release of the AFP, KEMP is also offering comprehensive WAF protection.

KEMP’s AFP is based on ModSecurity, one of the world’s most widely deployed open source web application firewall engines, augmented by Trustwave threat intelligence, research and security rule sets*. This provides real-time threat protection for packaged and custom published applications, data leak prevention (DLP) and mitigation of the OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) Top Ten most common vulnerabilities, along with support for PCI-DSS compliance.

By enabling customers to centralise their existing ModSecurity rules, which may be distributed across multiple web application servers, AFP ensures consistency by removing the potential for configuration shift across distributed instances and simplifies administration. Additionally, removing the resource-intensive responsibility of inspecting inbound requests and outbound payloads for violation of application firewall policies from individual application servers has significant performance benefits. The AFP, co-located with LoadMaster™, can perform these tasks far more efficiently.

Since KEMP’s LoadMaster™ ADC typically sits in close proximity to application workload servers and offloads and accelerates SSL decryption and re-encryption of traffic sent over SSL/TLS for intelligent processing, it is optimally positioned to detect threats at points of ingress and egress, even when secured communication methods are in use.

According to recent statistics from the National Vulnerability Database, some 75% of all reported vulnerabilities in 2013 were targeted at applications with an average of 13 new vulnerabilities being discovered on a daily basis. Additionally,

based on Trustwave’s 2014 Global Security Report†, 96% of all applications scanned in the same year harboured at least one or more serious vulnerability. With this in mind, a multi-layer security approach is required for organisations that take data and application security seriously and attention must be given to application specific vectors.

“KEMP Technologies continues to execute on its application delivery vision of which security is a core component,” said Peter Melerud, CMO, KEMP Technologies. “We’re committed to providing unmatched competitive value in our offerings and enabling customers with the product features needed to easily deploy, scale and secure the applications that support their business.”

* https://www3.trustwave.com/modsecurity-rules-support.php

†https://www2.trustwave.com/GSR2014.html?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=GSR2014

About KEMP Technologies

KEMP Technologies is the leading provider of software-centric and cloud-focused load balancer solutions, used by thousands of businesses that consider IT, e-commerce, web and business applications as mission-critical to their long-term success. KEMP helps companies rapidly grow their business by providing 24/7 infrastructure availability, better web performance and secure operations – while streamlining IT costs.

KEMP’s LoadMaster™ products include Layers 2-7 application load balancing, SDN integration, content switching, server persistence, SSL offload/acceleration, and application front-end capabilities (caching, compression, intrusion prevention system), plus one full year of product support — delivering industry-leading price/performance advantages.

The company is headquartered in New York City with EMEA operations in Limerick, Ireland. For more information, visit KEMPtechnologies.com.

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