Review: Imperva DDoS Protection

Review Product: Imperva Incapsula DDoS Protection

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks happen when an online system is flooded with traffic that prevents legitimate users from using the online source. DDoS attacks are the internet’s version of unwanted bystanders in a doorway who won’t move so that other people can pass through. These attacks often target everyday websites and those with sensitive information like news and banking websites. Over 2000 DDoS attacks are observed worldwide by Arbor networks (map shown here), and with the increasing threat they pose to daily business operations in a computerized age  the question becomes, “How do we defend against DDoS?”

Imperva provides 24/7 monitoring for maximum security and support with specialized “under attack” modes so customers can handle attacks when they come. Additionally, Incapsula boasts a 99.999 percent SLA, meaning there’re only 26 seconds of downtime per 30 days.

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Figure 1. DDoS traffic flow with Imperva Incapsula.

Imperva is a cyber security software company based in Redwood Shores, California. Imperva offers security services for both internal and external cyber attacks and looks to address security threats like DDoS attacks. Imperva offers a cloud-based DDoS mitigation service called Incapsula. Incapsula is a multi-faceted service that protects websites from DDoS attacks while improving performance and end-user experiences using four major components: a web application firewall (WAF), DDoS protection, content delivery network (CDN), and cloud-based load balancer.

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Figure 2. Imperva Incapsula package components

A cloud-based WAF is used to detect and thwart hacking attempts before they can be successful. DDoS mitigation services strive to protect business assets and customer experiences when attacks occur. The CDN optimizes loads and server speeds so the user experience is affected as little as possible, and a cloud-based load balancer allows customers to scale protection as needed.

Incapsula’s multi-faceted nature makes it unique in that is can block DDoS attacks while also guarding against application vulnerabilities that could lead to UI slow-downs. Data is protected from even the largest DDoS attacks with Incapsula’s 1 Tbps network capacity. Incapsula users get the protection they need from features like real-time dashboards paired with reliable service from Imperva. Imperva provides 24/7 monitoring for maximum security and support with specialized “under attack” modes so customers can handle attacks when they come. Additionally, Incapsula boasts a 99.999 percent SLA, meaning there’re only 26 seconds of downtime per 30 days. Few other – if any – companies can boast a DDoS defense product that combines these SLA times, firewall protection and scalability on a cloud-based platform.

Key Features and Specifications

– Comprehensive DDoS Protection
– High-Capacity Network
– Zero Business Disruption with 99.999 percent SLA
– Infrastructure Protection
– 24/7 Managed Security Service
– Collaborative Security
– Affordable, Pay-as-you-go Services

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Figure 3. “How It Works” Incapsula infographic

 

Gartner released a report this year comparing WAF products. Imperva was the only company to be listed in the elusive “leaders” quadrant of the Magic Quadrant report and has been since 2014. Incapsula consistently scores well in client feedback when compared to other cloud-based WAFs. Other cloud-based WAF competitors include Penta Security Systems and Positive Technologies, but both lack the developmental sophistication and support Imperva offers.

Imperva recently won the 2016 Excellence in Information Security Testing Award from ICSA Labs in addition to standing out in some of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant reports. If you’re looking to talk to a representative in-person, Imperva will be attending the upcoming API Cybersecurity Conference & Expo in Houston, TX this November (Booth 33) as well as other events like Gartner Mexico later that month and RSA US in February 2017. A full list of upcoming events and details can be found here.


Additional Resources 

Imperva Global DDoS Threat Landscape Report

Imperva Incapsula DDoS Protection

Imperva White Paper

Imperva Press Page

Imperva Events

Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls

Rebecca Seasholtz

Rebecca is a senior Materials Science and Engineering major at Georgia Tech. She specializes in soft materials (i.e. plastics and textiles) and has also worked extensively with functional materials for electrical applications. Rebecca is originally from Grayson, GA and likes to spend her free time running, cycling, drinking coffee, or hanging around the campus house of a ministry she attends at Georgia Tech. Contact Rebecca at [email protected]