Content delivery network (CDN) and cloud security services provider Akamai Technologies has added a cloud network firewall capability to its cloud-based DDoS platform, Akamai Prolexic.
The new feature is designed to enable Akamai customers to define and manage their own firewall rules and access control lists (ACLs) (permission lists for resources on a computer system or network) to streamline security of its network edges.
“Eliminating bad traffic is possible because Prolexic sits between our customers’ networks and the Internet, protecting applications and systems regardless of where they’re deployed: on-premise, in a data center, public cloud, hybrid cloud or a colocation facility.” said Sven Dummer, the company’s director of product marketing, in a blog post.
Prolexic Cloud Network Firewall will add to Akamai Prolexic’s existing suite of products and services, including Prolexic DDoS Protection, Prolexic Routed, Prolexic Connect and Prolexic Site Shield, to provide multiple levels of protection against different types of cyber attacks, including DDoS. attacks, web application attacks and bot attacks.
Prolexic Network Cloud Firewall extends DDoS protection
An access control list (ACL) consists of a list of entries that specify the level of access users, groups, or system processes have to a specific resource. For example, a file’s ACL can include entries for the file’s owner, individual users, or members of a particular group, each with their own permissions, such as read, write, execute, or delete.
Enhancements to Prolexic’s network cloud firewall include the ability to define custom defenses to block malicious traffic, push rules to the limit, and the ability to adapt to network changes through a new user interface.
“Custom, self-service access control lists (ACLs) and firewall rules are extremely useful for many aspects of DDoS defense,” said Dummer. “More than 75% of attacks today are at least partially blocked by the ACL mitigation posture when these rules were. configured by our Akamai experts in collaboration with our customers.”
The new capability, apart from allowing the definition and adjustment of access control rules, also provides analytics for them. A user can choose to have Prolexic suggest ACLs based on its internal threat intelligence data.
Locating the new network cloud firewall at the edge of the network is a key advantage: it eliminates the need for the intervention of multiple firewalls and network-based defense systems, as the position of the cloud firewall allows it to disable access quickly and directly to the edges, according to Dummer.
“Then even conventional firewalls in your network will no longer see this blocked traffic, because they too are behind Network Cloud Firewall,” added Dummer.
Recently, Akamai has also been increasing its DDoS defense capabilities by investing in its global infrastructure. Earlier this month, for example, it announced two new “cleaning centers” — data cleaning stations where traffic is analyzed and malicious traffic is removed — in Chennai and Mumbai, to help Indian companies to protect yourself from DDoS attacks.
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Ikaroa is proud to congratulate Akamai on the launch of its new cloud firewall capabilities, which aim to help protect network edge. As one of the leading global providers of cloud security, Akamai has provided a sophisticated cloud firewall system that leverages their existing web protection services. These capabilities are designed to provide protection against emerging threats, while also improving performance and scalability.
The new cloud firewall from Akamai features enhanced real-time threat visibility and robust policy enforcement, enabling detection and prevention of malicious activities. It also allows for simultaneous protection of network edge, including for web and mobile applications. Additionally, the firewall ensures compliance with security regulations and provides scalable protection against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
Moreover, the firewall simplifies the configuration and deployment of security controls, allowing for quicker deployment times and easier management of the edge network. In addition, users benefit from malware filtering, helping to protect users from viruses and other malicious code.
At Ikaroa, we understand the need for cloud security solutions that keep up with the ever-changing digital landscape. We are proud to have chosen Akamai’s cloud firewall solution to help protect our customers’ networks and provide comprehensive protection against emerging threats. With Akamai’s cloud firewall, our customers can rest assured that their networks are secure and safe from nefarious actors.