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"I definitely recommend this solution because of the time you save on analysis.""The solution isn't too expensive. The license allows you to license what you need and leave out what you don't need.""This solution inspects your traffic and based on that, automatically create distinct qualities for you, so you can add this to the policy already created. That's what I like most.""The anti-bot protection is the solution's most valuable feature. Safe-guard or credential staffing are also useful features.""This solution is an enterprise-class firewall that provides both load-balancing and security.""Good dashboard and reporting.""In terms of F5 Advanced WAF's most valuable features, I would definitely say its stability. F5 is one the most stable products. Either as the load balancer or the web application firewall, it is very stable.""I like all of the features, but the main one is the attack signatures."

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"It mitigates all of the availabilities of risks around web applications.""There are some features that are configured by default, so even without doing much, it can still provide a level of protection.""The solution is very scalable. It is one of the most important features. You can also expand resources and features as well.""Data masking is the most valuable feature of this solution.""The dynamic profiling of websites is the solution's most valuable feature. The security is also good.""Compared to other web application firewalls in the market, Imperva does things in the most accurate way.""If you are using the appliance as opposed to the virtual deployment, it can stand as the network layer-two and provide real transparency.""Its inline transferring mode is the most valuable because it is 100% transparent. When you change the IP, there is no change on the network side. If you can't and want to try to reach an IP, you can reach the server IP. There are many other advanced security features in it. The smallest appliances of Imperva can handle the highest traffic at a customer site. For example, a smaller appliance from Imperva can provide you the same security as an F5 product."

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"One thing that can be improved, is to increase the quantity over predefine policy.""The solution is tedious. It takes a lot of discrete settings so one needs to get detailed and granular when they use the solution. It takes you a whole lot of energy and concentration to configure. It needs to be much more straight-forward, like other web solutions.""I would not expect traffic details to pass through the web application firewall across the length of the whole application. I think that there is a web application where it can let the application function without traffic going in into the WAF.""The solution's dashboard could be improved. When you're moving from policy to policy, the logs and the integration of the logs in other systems aren't straightforward.""This solution can be made more user-friendly.""Scalability could be improved.""I would say their graphical interface, the GUI. I don't like the GUI as much as before.""The BIG-IQ is supposed to centralize the management for all of the boxes but it's not very effective."

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"Their portal is very limited and needs improvement.""It would be helpful to have a "recommended deployment", or even a list of basic features that should either be used or turned on by default.""The initial setup could be simplified. Every time you have to install the solution you have to get in touch with support or somebody that can to do that for you.""Some of the features should be included in the next release is a file integrating monitoring tool. This feature should be improved.""It would be useful if the solution used more intelligence in attack protection. For example, firewalls are to be dependent on the configuration, but if they could have some data science around it the solution would be even better. The profiling of the traffic, and making decisions surrounding that should be intelligence-based, instead of being based on the configuration of the firewall itself.""I think that better bot protection is needed in this solution.""The user interface could be better.""They can provide an option to create reports, automatically import the entire report, and create rules again. In a real-life crisis, it would be helpful to be able to import a report and generate security rules from that report. I should be able to create a simple query and import the reports automatically. It can maybe also tell us the format of the report."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"After buying the program, you just pay for the support every year.""Licensing fees for this solution are paid on a yearly basis.""It's more expensive than other solutions and depending on the modules, there can be additional fees.""F5 bundles up services and the bundle is what you pay for rather than individual components.""Its price is fair. We have done a couple of deals where they were able to give some kind of discount to the customers. The price was initially high for the customers, but after a couple of negotiations, it came within their budget. They were happy with that.""There are various plans available for Fortinet FortiWeb Cloud WAF as a Service, including a trial version.""It is expensive. Its price should be better. Its licensing is on a yearly basis. Its licensing is also based on the model. There are no additional costs."

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"Everybody complains about the price of this solution.""The cost of this solution depends on the platform.""The price of this solution is a little bit high compared to competitors.""There are some licenses that you have to buy to use some features. Its price could be better. Price is always important because, at the end of the day, customers have a budget. If you can meet the budget, you can sell, and if you don't, you cannot sell.""There is a license for this solution and we purchase the license annually with no additional fees."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The web application firewall itself is most valuable. It provides positive security and negative security. In negative security, it blocks a task such as cross-site scripting, code injection, etc. In… more »
Top Answer: There are various plans available for Fortinet FortiWeb Cloud WAF as a Service, including a trial version. You are only charged by the total data transferred, and there are hourly charges for the… more »
Top Answer: Its price should be better. It is expensive.
Top Answer: For ADC, any ADC can do a good job. But in case if you want to add WAF functionality to the same ADC hardware you have to look for other ADC's like F5, Imperva, Radware, Fortinet, etc. 
Top Answer: You can have a look to Imperva Cloud WAF, the anti-DDoS mitigation is under 1s and works very well. I observed a lot of DDoS attacks that were well managed (even not seen by the customer) by Imperva… more »
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At F5, we give our customers the freedom to securely deliver every app, anywhere—with confidence. All F5 products are highly programmable and integrate into any environment, whether on premises or in any cloud. To date, 48 of the Fortune 50 companies rely on F5 to deliver apps that customers and employees can securely access at any time, on any device, from any location.

Web application attacks deny services and steal sensitive data. Imperva Web Application Firewall (WAF) analyzes and inspects requests coming in to applications and stops these attacks.

Protect your applications in the cloud and on-premises with the same set of security policies and management capabilities. Safely migrate apps while maintaining full protection.

Deploy Imperva WAF on-premises, in AWS and Azure, or as a cloud service itself. Easily meet the specific security and service level requirements of individual applications.

Imperva WAF protects against the most critical web application security risks: SQL injection, cross-site scripting, illegal resource access, remote file inclusion, and other OWASP Top 10 and Automated Top 20 threats. Imperva security researchers continually monitor the threat landscape and update Imperva WAF with the latest threat data.

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MAXIMUS, Vivo, American Systems, Bangladesh Post Office, City Bank
BlueCross BlueShield, eHarmony, EMF Broadcasting, GE Healthcare, Metro Bank, The Motley Fool, Siemens
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Financial Services Firm33%
Non Tech Company22%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Printing Company11%
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Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider27%
Financial Services Firm8%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider24%
Financial Services Firm9%
Media Company8%
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Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise39%
Large Enterprise33%
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Small Business62%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise29%
Find out what your peers are saying about F5 Advanced WAF vs. Imperva Web Application Firewall and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
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F5 Advanced WAF is ranked 4th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 14 reviews while Imperva Web Application Firewall is ranked 5th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 11 reviews. F5 Advanced WAF is rated 8.6, while Imperva Web Application Firewall is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of F5 Advanced WAF writes "It is very stable as as a load balancer or a web application firewall". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Imperva Web Application Firewall writes "Useful out-of-the-box threat protection, not too complex, and has good technical support". F5 Advanced WAF is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Fortinet FortiWeb, NGINX App Protect, Cloudflare and F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), whereas Imperva Web Application Firewall is most compared with AWS WAF, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Imperva Incapsula, Fortinet FortiWeb and Akamai Kona Site Defender. See our F5 Advanced WAF vs. Imperva Web Application Firewall report.

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