Akamai Kona Site Defender Competitors and Alternatives

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Balagopal Kaimal
Co-Founder and CTO at Cyber-CP Ltd
Real User
Sep 28, 2020
It is flexible and lets you easily apply policies, but it needs to support more PoPs

What is our primary use case?

We are using this product for a major airline whose traffic is routed via F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall. All B2C sites are behind F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall. The data part is basically to Akamai for CDNs and to F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall for WAF capability. The resources are hosted on AWS or Azure. For parameters, we have another F5 AWAS module, which intercepts the traffic once it is inside the cloud parameters, and then the data goes to the backend application pool. Every B2C traffic gets inspected on F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall. Every HTTP profile… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "Its flexibility is the most valuable because it is a managed service. The good part is that you don't need to set it up. It just needs DNS routing, which is the easiest thing. Our client had Akamai for certain websites because they were using CDN features. They had NetScaler on the internal zone, F5 AWAFs on the data centers, and no WAF at all in the cloud. One of the main activities of the project was to move all these policies into a single WAF so that we could control and use that as a choke point. That exercise itself was very easy because it was a managed service and F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall does that for you. That's the best thing about F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall. It is easy to apply policies on-premises. If you have AWAF on-premises and you want to replicate some policies on F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall, other than the policies that it applies by itself, it is easy because you have a team that supports it. F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall works perfectly fine. It pretty much does everything that an Advanced WAF on-premises should do."
  • "F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall, being a new product in the market or comparatively related to a new product, currently supports less number of PoPs. They should introduce more PoPs. The current number of PoPs that they have is around 10 or 12, which is still relatively less as compared to 2,400 plus PoPs that Akamai offers. The user latency or the number of hops a user needs before reaching the actual web application is less in Akamai because it has its internal fabric to route the traffic. They need to spin up more data to increase its traffic handling capability. They can also include the bot detection capability, though it is a pretty advanced functionality. If they could include DataDome like functionality, that is, bot prediction, then F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall will be top-notch in the market."

What other advice do I have?

You should know what you're actually blocking. A lot of customers move to WAF or AWAF because they were told to do that, but they need to identify what they're actually looking to inspect. For example, one of the clients I worked with did not understand the differences in capabilities between a next-generation firewall and a WAF. When I say WAF, I am talking about AWAF, not the previous generation WAF. No one considers that anymore. People who try to put WAF and think that they are secure are not really secure. There is still a fine grain of security that you need on a next-generation…
Guillermo Correa
Cybersecurity Architect at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 20
Feb 28, 2021
Stable with high availability and good dashboards

What is our primary use case?

At this moment we have the home web page at the enterprise with an application firewall. We have 21 applications that we need to upload to the cloud. At this moment we have only one, and we working in the next three months to upload at least five more applications.

Pros and Cons

  • "The product offers high availability."
  • "You need to have pretty good internal knowledge of the solution."

What other advice do I have?

I'm working with Radware, and we have Forcepoint for a proxy on DLP service. I'm not sure which version of the solution we're using. It's the latest version, however, I don't recall the version number offhand. I would advise other users that the solution is not the best if you need to improve the security in other areas too, however, it helps you to maintain the security of your homepage or your service. Overall, I would rate the solution at an eight out of ten.
reviewer1322772
Information Security Manager at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
Apr 15, 2020
Good DDoS and bot features, but it needs support for SSL management

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features for us are the DDoS and Bot.

What needs improvement?

I would like to have support for SSL management and secure DNS.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Imperva for more than a year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have had no problems with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Imperva is a scalable solution. We have about 20 users but it's protecting our main website.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would say that technical support is average.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use another similar solution prior to Imperva.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was simple. It…
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