SOURCE: Art of Defence

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September 07, 2010 12:05 ET

Media Alert: art of defence to Outline Deployment Scenarios Following CSA's Endorsement of dWAF Architecture

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 7, 2010) -

What: The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has begun issuing detailed best-practices for securing cloud computing, including recommendations for tools and services. The recent, Domain 10: Guidance for Application Security V2.1, endorses a distributed Web Application Firewall (dWAF) architecture as ideal for securing cloud applications while overcoming scalability issues traditional WAF technology suffers.
   
Why: WAF technology has traditionally been limited to resource-intensive hardware appliances, leading to non-cloud-like consumption and security gaps in particular in large and distributed environments. Problems associated with hardware appliances include limited scalability and inability to adequately customize to meet the demands of individual customers.
   
  Companies moving toward public or hybrid cloud computing, or engaging in large internal virtualization projects are seeking guidance on best practices for security. At issue is the need for scalable, flexible, virtual and easy to manage web application security approaches for this unique environment. To this end, the CSA has endorsed the dWAF architecture as:
   
  1) Free of specialized hardware and minimal resource consumption needs
  2) Dynamically scalable across CPU, computer, server rack and data center
  3) Customizable to the demands of individual deployments
   
Who: dWAF architecture originator, Alexander Meisel, is available immediately to discuss what a dWAF is and how companies can successfully adopt one through two deployment models. Mr. Meisel, an author of the latest CSA paper, is also a prominent OWASP member, and CTO of art of defence.
   
When: Interviews and briefings will be scheduled during the week of September 7. For scheduling, contact Eric Seymour @ aod@marchpr.com

Resource Links:
CSA's Domain Paper
http://www.cloudsecurityalliance.org/guidance/csaguide-dom10-v2.10.pdf

dWAF Architecture Paper
http://www.artofdefence.com/dokumente/Cloud_AppSec_Whitepaper.pdf

Web Application Firewall History
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application_firewall

Alexander Meisel Bio
http://www.cloudbook.net/alex-meisel

About art of defence
Founded in 2005, art of defence established its San Francisco-based North American headquarters in 2009. Focused exclusively on providing comprehensive web application security technology on any scale, art of defence's distributed web application firewall (dWAF) technology, hyperguard™, is the industry's first WAF SaaS offering. Available in many forms, hyperguard is the most flexible solution on the market today. Customers have access to the solution as a software plug-in, virtual appliance, hardware appliance or as a standalone software solution.

The company serves the financial services, eCommerce, technology, telecommunication and public sector markets exclusively through OEM/technology and reseller channel partners. art of defence partners with leading technology providers like Amazon Web Services, Armorize, GeNUA, GoGrid, Microsoft and Zeus. Regensburg, Germany, remains the global headquarters for the European and Asian markets in addition to North America.

For more information about art of defence, visit: www.artofdefence.com/en

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