Web Application Firewalls (WAF)
Paraphrasing James Carville’s quote about the economy, WAFs are not ubiquitous because of the fragmented buying centers for them, silly, rather than any confusion over over the market name or concerns over false positives.
WAFs are a high value safeguard for custom applications, but are held back because so many groups are potentially involved in the operation and buying of applications. Data center ops, server ops, appdev, application owners, security, network ops… Unlike other products like IPS which have usually two buying centers, there is a wide spread to which roles are involved in WAF. There will be some reduction in the number of buying centers, but as long as custom web applications are housed and delivered in this complex manner, don’t expect organizations to change to accommodate the safeguard.
And a moment of zen is me with James Carville.
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