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Alert Logic Launches First Security-as-a-Service Web Application Firewall Solution

Web Security Manager with ActiveWatch combines leading technology with advanced 24/7 management

HOUSTON, TX – August 7, 2012Alert Logic, the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, today announced general availability of Alert Logic Web Security Manager with ActiveWatch to protect web applications against the most common threats and attacks. The solution combines industry-leading web application firewall (WAF) technology with advanced managed security services from Alert Logic’s Security Operations Center, addressing the operational challenges associated with legacy WAF solutions which have hindered broad adoption of this important security control.

“Web application firewalls are powerful tools for protecting custom web applications, however, often there isn’t free staff or rack space to bring the WAF on premise,” said Gartner Analyst Greg Young. “A managed as-a-service WAF offering can jump these hurdles.”

Although WAFs are designed to address web attacks, the technology is highly resource intensive. The varying demands of different web applications require continuous management to properly block attacks while allowing legitimate traffic. Failure to implement the expert tuning can cause WAFs to disrupt legitimate traffic and impact the availability of web applications, or get tuned to a level that delivers virtually no security against real-world threats. As a result, WAF users often fail to realize the benefits of the technology despite significant investments of money and time.

Web Security Manager with ActiveWatch is the first web application firewall architected as an integrated Security-as-a-Service solution, delivering both critical web protection and cost-effective management. Web Security Manager with ActiveWatch offers customers:

  • State-of-the-art firewall protection and blocking capabilities delivered using a combination of positive and negative security techniques deployed without web application downtime
  • Strong baseline protection including coverage for OWASP Top Ten, a well-acknowledged testing standard for compliance mandates, including PCI DSS 6.6
  • Flexible deployment options with reference architectures for on-premise, in hosted environments, or in the cloud deployments through a range of physical, virtual and high-availability options.
  • Managed security service from Alert Logic’s Security Operations Center (SOC) to ensure that the WAF is always on and performing optimally.
  • Better value with minimal upfront costs and a highly competitive monthly pricing model.

“Delivering a fully managed WAF solution was an imperative for Alert Logic. Given the growing volume of web application attacks observed in our enterprise customer base and the undeniable demand for additional security solutions from our partners, the signals couldn’t be clearer,” said Gray Hall, president and CEO of Alert Logic. “The launch of Web Security Manager with ActiveWatch builds on our proven business model to expand the portfolio of cost-effective solutions for safe, secure and compliant computing.”

Alert Logic’s SOC brings proven expertise to better manage WAFs
Through ActiveWatch, Alert Logic’s state-of-the-art Security Operation Center provides around-the-clock monitoring, rapid detection and response to better manage WAFs, removing the costly burden from in-house IT. Further, Alert Logic’s Security Research Team leverages rich visibility and historical data from over 1,800 customers to isolate trends in the global threat landscape to improve the effectiveness of Web Security Manager through automatic deployment of new security rules and signatures.

Customers and Partners recognize WSM benefits
“We’ve had a very successful partnership with Alert Logic and are looking forward to the seamless integration of Web Security Manager into our portfolio of hosting and managed service solutions,” said Tim Varma, VP of Product Development, PEER 1 Hosting. “Web Security Manager represents a significant security advancement and reinforces that managed hosting and cloud deployments are safe and viable options for companies interested in moving their infrastructure. We anticipate the product will become a complementary addition to our e-commerce and PCI solutions.”

Product Availability
The new Web Security Manager with ActiveWatch is now generally available from Alert Logic. For more information, contact Alert Logic at 877.484.8383 or [email protected].

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About Alert Logic Alert Logic, the leader in security and compliance solutions for the cloud, provides Security-as-a-Service for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructures, delivering deep security insight and continuous protection for customers at a lower cost than traditional security solutions. Fully managed by a team of experts, the Alert Logic Security-as-a-Service solution provides network, system and web application protection immediately, wherever your IT infrastructure resides. Alert Logic partners with the leading cloud platforms and hosting providers to protect over 3,300 organizations worldwide. Built for cloud scale, the Alert Logic patented platform stores petabytes of data, analyses over 400 million events and identifies over 50,000 security incidents each month, which are managed by its 24×7 Security Operations Center. Alert Logic, founded in 2002, is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with offices in Seattle, Dallas, Cardiff, Belfast and London. For more information, please visit www.alertlogic.com.