WAF as a Service - Managed Web Application Firewall

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Web Application Firewall (WAF) and why is it important

A Web Application Firewall (WAF) is a security solution that helps protect web applications from various online threats such as cross-site scripting (XSS), SQL injection, and other attacks. It works by monitoring and filtering incoming traffic to web applications, blocking malicious requests, and preventing unauthorized access.

Today a WAF is used to protect web apps, APIs, and business-to-business transactions, in such cases, we often refer to it as Web Application and API Protection (WAAP).

WAF (or WAAP) is essential for business security because attackers frequently target web applications to exploit vulnerabilities and steal sensitive data. A WAF can help detect and prevent such attacks, thereby safeguarding customers’ personal information, financial data, and other critical assets. Additionally, WAFs can help companies comply with various industry standards and regulations related to data protection, such as PCI DSS and HIPAA. Deploying a WAF can significantly enhance the business security posture and protect brand reputation.

How does managed WAF as a Service work?

Managed WAF as a Service is a cloud-based solution that provides web application firewall functionality without requiring to install or manage any hardware or software.

Clients benefit from the advanced security capabilities of a web application firewall without worrying about the complexities of managing and maintaining their own WAF infrastructure. This can save time, resources, and money while providing reliable, scalable, and effective protection for web applications and APIs.

Here is how it typically works:


Sign up for the WAF as a Service through a provider and configure the DNS to point to the new firewall service instead of the web app


It intercepts all incoming traffic to your app, using advanced filtering algorithms to analyze each request.


This service detects any malicious requests; it blocks them from reaching the web app, preventing any potential attacks.


You will have access to real-time alerts and notifications to help you stay informed about potential attacks and suspicious activity.


WAF as a Service can provide detailed reporting and analysis of website traffic, giving insights into potential vulnerabilities and threats that can be addressed proactively.

Why do you need a WAF or a WAAP?

Your website or app generates revenue

The managed WAF service will prevent cyber threats and downtime to ensure your website or app doesn't loose revenues.

You use server side applications

If you use PHP, Python, Ruby, C#, JavaScript, etc., you will need to secure your application and enhance its performance.

There is a risk if your site is hacked

Upgrading your website security will prevent it from being hacked and mitigate your risk.

Benefits of WAF as a Service for businesses

There are several benefits that a managed WAF as a Service can provide for businesses, including:

Types of Attacks Web Application Firewall Protect Against

1. Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attacks

XSS attacks attempt to inject malicious code into web pages to steal sensitive information or perform other malicious actions. WAF can detect and block such attacks by inspecting incoming traffic and filtering out any malicious payloads.

2. SQL Injection attacks

SQL injection attacks exploit vulnerabilities in web applications that allow attackers to execute arbitrary SQL commands, potentially leading to data theft or destruction. WAF can detect and block such attacks by analyzing incoming traffic and blocking any suspicious SQL commands.

3. Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks

CSRF attacks attempt to trick users into performing actions on a website that they did not intend to perform. WAF can detect and block such attacks by inspecting the request headers and looking for any inconsistencies.

4. Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks

DDoS attacks attempt to overwhelm a website with traffic, making it unavailable to legitimate users. WAF can detect and block such attacks by analyzing incoming traffic and filtering out any suspicious traffic patterns.

5. File Inclusion attacks

File inclusion attacks exploit vulnerabilities in web applications that allow attackers to include files from outside the web root directory, potentially leading to unauthorized access or data theft. WAF can detect and block such attacks by inspecting incoming traffic and blocking any attempts to include files from outside the web root directory.

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Web Application Firewall Services by Exeo

We offer a managed WAF service. These web application firewall waf security services are managed and maintained by the Exeo Managed Security Services (MSS) team.

We support the following web application firewall as a service vendors.

Cloudflare WAF

Suitable for any client and any app, includes a CDN and requires the reconfiguration of name servers and hosting the DNS records.

Google Cloud Armor

Armor is designed to protect apps hosted on Google Cloud Platform and in Google Kubernetes Engine.

Azure WAF

Protecting apps hosted in Microsoft Azure and Azure Kubernetes Service

Cloudflare Partner Network

As a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP), Exeo is a partner of Cloudflare in France and UAEE and is able to address clients in Europe Middle East and Africa. Through this partnership, Exeo offers these customers the enterprise edition of the Cloudflare Web Application Firewall (WAF).

The services we provide for our clients are as follows:

Administration & Configuration

Helping clients deploy and configure their WAF to meet their specific security requirements. This includes setting up rules to block known threats and creating custom rules to protect against specific threats.

Threat Detection and Response

Exeo monitors incoming traffic to detect and respond to potential threats in real-time. It also investigates and responds to security incidents, providing clients with a detailed report of the incident and recommended remediation actions.

24/7 Monitoring and Support

24/7 monitoring and support to ensure that the WAF service is always functioning optimally. This includes real-time monitoring, incident response, and ongoing maintenance and updates.

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