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Pros
"It is scalable for DDoS.""It enables us to move faster with new products because we have this layer of protection set up in our infrastructure.""The most valuable feature is the DDoS protection, which is the main reason we got it.""The CDN and the WAF features are the best."

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"The most valuable feature is the security, making sure that files are protected, preventing unauthorized users from accessing the system.""The most valuable feature is the way it blocks threats to external applications.""It's simple, easy to use.""It is a one-click WAF with no effort needed.""It is Amazon. Everything is scalable. It is beyond what we need.""The customized billing is the most valuable feature.""The initial setup was very straightforward. Deployment took about ten minutes or less.""The ability to take multiple data sets and match those data sets together is the solution's most valuable feature. The data lake that comes with it is very useful because that allows us to match data sets with different configurations that we wouldn't normally be able to match."

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Cons
"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.""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.""The interface is a little bit clunky and can be improved.""Could integrate more features for each security."

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"They have to do more to improve, to innovate more features. They need to increase the security. It has to be more active in detecting threats.""In a future release I would like to see automation. There's no interaction between the applications and that makes it tedious. We have to do the preparation all over again for each of our other applications.""The user experience, the interface, is lacking. Sometimes it's hard to find certain areas that it has alerted on.""We need more support as we go global.""In a future release of this solution, I would like to see additional management features to make things simpler.""They should work to define more threats, add more security, and make it more compliant with more security companies.""The solution is cloud-based, and therefore the billing model that comes with it could be more intuitive, in my opinion. It's very easy to not fully understand how you tag things for billing and then you can quite easily run up a high bill without realizing it. The solution needs to be more intuitive around the tagging system, which enables the billing. Right now, I have a cloud architect that does that on our behalf and it isn't something that a business user could use because it still requires quite a lot of technical knowledge to do effectively.""For now, there is no feature to protect against attack of the bad bots"

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"It's an annual subscription.""There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.""There are different scale options available for WAF.""AWS is not that costly by comparison. They are maybe close to $40 per month. I think it was between $29 or $39.""It has a variable pricing scheme.""We are kind of doing a POC comparison to see what works best. Pricing-wise, AWS is one of the most attractive ones. It is fairly cheap, and we like the pricing part. We're trying to see what makes more sense operation-wise, license-wise, and pricing-wise."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the DDoS protection, which is the main reason we got it.
Top Answer: The interface is a little bit clunky and can be improved. It takes a while to get from here to there.
Top Answer: We use this solution primarily to prevent DDoS attacks.
Top Answer: The most valuable aspect is that it protects our code. It's a bit difficult to overwrite code in our application. It also protects against threats.
Top Answer: Sometimes it's a bit difficult to check the rules because when you apply a rule, sometimes it's too much and we need to rewrite the rules and make compromises on the rules because it will block too… more »
Top Answer: Our primary use case is to protect our internal web solution. We use it to have an internal application for our customers. We are an SME worldwide company, so we have some internal website solutions… more »
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Also Known As
Kona Site Defender, KonaAWS Web Application Firewall
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Overview
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.

AWS WAF is a web application firewall that helps protect your web applications from common web exploits that could affect application availability, compromise security, or consume excessive resources. AWS WAF gives you control over which traffic to allow or block to your web applications by defining customizable web security rules. You can use AWS WAF to create custom rules that block common attack patterns, such as SQL injection or cross-site scripting, and rules that are designed for your specific application. New rules can be deployed within minutes, letting you respond quickly to changing traffic patterns. Also, AWS WAF includes a full-featured API that you can use to automate the creation, deployment, and maintenance of web security rules.

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AvidMobile, itBiteVitamins, 9Splay, Senao International
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider13%
Financial Services Firm12%
Media Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider18%
Media Company16%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise47%
Find out what your peers are saying about AWS WAF vs. Akamai Kona Site Defender and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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Akamai Kona Site Defender is ranked 9th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 4 reviews while AWS WAF is ranked 2nd in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 14 reviews. Akamai Kona Site Defender is rated 8.0, while AWS WAF is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Akamai Kona Site Defender writes "Enables us to move faster with new products because we have this layer of protection set up in our infrastructure". On the other hand, the top reviewer of AWS WAF writes "Use this product to make it possible to deploy web applications securely". Akamai Kona Site Defender is most compared with Akamai Prolexic Routed, Shape Security, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Cloudflare and F5 BIG-IP, whereas AWS WAF is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, F5 BIG-IP, Imperva Web Application Firewall, Cloudflare and Fortinet FortiWeb. See our AWS WAF vs. Akamai Kona Site Defender report.

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