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Protect Your Data with Web Application Firewall

Network attacks may lead data leaks, but Web Application Firewall can protect your core business data and prevents server malfunctions caused by malicious activities and attacks.

A network attack is similar to a viral infection in humans –it will inevitably spread once contracted, resulting in more data leaks. However, that does not mean that attackers are the sole culprit of data leaks. Failure to take preventive measures is one of the leading causes of data leakage for many enterprises.

Before deploying security and protection mechanisms, enterprises should first sort out their data storage locations, the security of the storage locations, and the level of data sensitivity. For example, they should define which data is the most sensitive and most prone to attacks (such as user account, password, and credit card information), and which data is less risky. Enterprises that clearly understand their own data can save a lot of trouble when implementing permission management, protection deployment, and vulnerability fixes.

Meanwhile, employees can regularly maintain the locations where data is stored, such as upgrading servers and terminal systems.

Enterprises need to protect critical, sensitive data throughout its life cycle. Data generation, communication, storage, and destruction must be performed within a controlled and encrypted environment. In addition, we recommend enterprises to use cloud certificate services to implement one-click HTTPS transformation.

You are not advised to "follow suit" when deploying security products. Instead, enterprises should customize security solutions for their own industries. Security experts across multiple industries typically have intimate knowledge of high-risk events and corresponding attack types in their respective industries. Thus, they are able to tailor the production, architecture, and protection procedures for a particular industry.

We recommend every enterprise deploy Web Application Firewall (WAF) to protect from web attacks. According to Alibaba Cloud security team's estimates, if an enterprise successfully performs risk scanning and system upgrades, and then deploys WAF, more than 90% of web intrusion incidents can be effectively prevented.

Alibaba Cloud WAF is an independently developed security product developed based on over 10 years of attack defense experience. Alibaba Cloud WAF is also the industry's first cloud WAF that provides business risk control solutions, full-version support of custom certificate HTTPS service, and dual-engine web app attack protection services. Many customers from the financial, e-commerce, and gaming industries are already using the business data risk control and protection feature of WAF. Alibaba Cloud WAF protects enterprises from message tampering, virtual theft, malicious web crawling, credential stuffing, malicious registration, and other business risks.

If you would like to examine how exposed your enterprise is to data leaks, you can check Keeping Your Data Secure with Web Application Firewall.

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Alibaba Cloud WAF provides security reports for you to view and understand all protection actions of WAF. You can view the attack protection and risk warning statistics.

Alibaba Cloud WAF security reports include attack protection report and risk warning report.

  1. The attack protection report gives you an overall view of all Web application attacks, HTTP flood attacks, and HTTP ACL events.
  2. The risk warning report records and summarizes common attacks that occur on your network assets, and provides you with risk warning information. You can view the following risk warnings: known hacker attack, WordPress attack, suspected attack, robots script, crawler access, and SMS abuse.

Configure WAF protection polices

After the website is deployed with Alibaba Cloud WAF, WAF helps inspect the web traffic and block common web attacks (such as SQL injections and XSS scripting) and HTTP flood attacks, based on the default protection settings. You can enable more protection functions and configure their policies according to your actual business situation.

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