Akamai Kona Site Defender Overview

Akamai Kona Site Defender is the #9 ranked solution in our list of top Web Application Firewalls. It is most often compared to AWS WAF: Akamai Kona Site Defender vs AWS WAF

What is Akamai Kona Site Defender?
Akamai's Kona Site Defender extends security beyond the data center while maintaining site performance and availability in the face of fast-changing threats. It leverages the power of the Akamai Intelligent Platform to detect, identify and mitigate Denial-of-Service (DoS) and Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks before they ever reach the origin.

Akamai Kona Site Defender is also known as Kona Site Defender, Kona.

Akamai Kona Site Defender Buyer's Guide

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Abhay Chrungoo
CTO at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Aug 28, 2019
Enables us to move faster with new products because we have this layer of protection set up in our infrastructure

What is our primary use case?

We're using it as DDoS on a basic WAF. We use a hybrid cloud deployment model.

Pros and Cons

  • "It enables us to move faster with new products because we have this layer of protection set up in our infrastructure."
  • "The WAF features definitely have a lot of room for improvement. A lot of the WAF is really basic. For some products or some of our solutions, we need to run a second layer of more advanced WAF. If it had better layer seven protection then we would not need a second WAF."

What other advice do I have?

As far as DDoS protection is concerned, I'm firmly in the Akamai Kona box. In terms of consistency, I think people should consider API-based adoption for Kona configuration. That gives us a broader state which looks and feels the same, and a small team can support it rather than needing a large team to support it. For what it does, it's really good. For what we want it to do, there's room for improvement. I'd give it an eight and a half out of ten. In order for it to be a 10 I would say that it should be one of the market-leading WAF solutions and not just a volumetric solution.
Imran Abdul Rahman
Solutions Architect, Cloud & Infrastructure at NCS Group
MSP
Top 20
Jun 10, 2020
CDN and WAF features are an essential element with APIs a key element of the infrastructure

What is our primary use case?

We have multiple use cases but the solution is primarily for content delivery network. The product has multiple features so we area also using it as a wall. It's really a combination between a CDN and a WAF. We also use Adidol switches. We are partners with Akamai and I'm a cloud solution architect.

Pros and Cons

  • "The CDN and the WAF features are the best."
  • "Could integrate more features for each security."

What other advice do I have?

Programmability in the cloud is very important. So whatever we can program by APIs and define by API is very important in the infrastructure. I would rate this solution an eight out of 10.
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reviewer1266276
Head of Cloud Security & DevSecOps at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees
Real User
Jan 29, 2020
A fully managed DDoS solution with good technical support

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution primarily to prevent DDoS attacks.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the DDoS protection, which is the main reason we got it."
  • "The interface is a little bit clunky and can be improved."

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is evaluating this solution is to first evaluate your needs, and then check to see how much you need to put into this solution. The biggest lesson that I have learned from using Site Defender is that you should do an analysis first, to see how it will fit into your ecosystem. You decide whether to buy it based on that, rather than because it is a good product. You have to make sure that it is compatible with your environment. Overall, I am happy with Site Defender because what it's doing, it's doing well. I can't think of a single feature that might be missing. I…
Security82ff
Security Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Mar 24, 2019
Keeps our sites up through any size of attack, but some of the dashboards could be better

What is our primary use case?

We use it for website protection.

Pros and Cons

  • "It is scalable for DDoS."
  • "There are some issues with pushing configurations across a network. It still takes about 20 minutes and that means to retract it's another 20 minutes."

What other advice do I have?

Keep your eyes open. There are a lot of solutions out there. You can even see products being deployed in the public cloud, which is nice for scaling up. Keep your eyes on the horizon. There's a lot to look forward to. For Kona, we use several products, including their Site Acceleration Services. Our security maturity is very different from when we first started using Akamai.
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