Web application firewalls have similar features to next-generation firewalls, providing security features and intelligent policies against attackers.

FREMONT, CA: Cyber security solutions, such as Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs), protect network fronts with advanced capabilities. NGFWs include intrusion prevention and deep packet inspection features that are not available in traditional firewalls.

Next-Generation Firewall Features:

Vendors provide different features for NGFW solutions. Top NGFW features to look for:

Blocking threats: The software protects the network from attacks such as malware, ransomware, and SQL injection by sandboxing, URL filtering, and analyzing behavior. 

Geolocation: The correlation between IP addresses and physical locations is an effective means of restricting location-based access or directing traffic towards specified servers according to IP address. 

Web gateway: The proxy terminates connections, including encrypted HTTPS sessions, and forwards inspected content to a web server.

Systems for detecting and preventing intrusions: It stops known attacks by detecting and preventing intrusions based on known signatures.

Web Application Firewall: Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) filter HTTP/S traffic between web applications and the internet and detect and block malicious activity and threats. WAFs use policies to detect and filter malicious traffic. A WAF enables you to change policies instantly if there is an attack or a change in your environment.

Web Application Firewall Features

The next logical step after an NGFW is a WAF. The feature set is largely similar to that of NGFW, with the following additions:

Attack detection: Cyber security teams must detect attacks accurately while minimizing false positives to focus on mitigating the most critical network and system threats.

Extensive reporting: Reports from WAF solutions should be presented clearly and concisely to understand what is happening. Your applications can be quickly assessed for security and demonstrated to comply with security standards like PCI, SOX, HIPAA, and FISMA.

SIEM integration: A WAF solution should be able to integrate Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools provided by industry leaders such as Splunk and ArcSight. 

Compared to older NGFW solutions, WAF solutions are nearly the same in terms of features. Aside from this, they also employ intelligent policies to prevent many attacks, including SQL Injection and Cross-Site Scripting. The WAF solutions can also adapt and learn new rules and policies in real time, allowing them to block threats more efficiently.