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Best Application Security Products

Readers vote on the best Web application firewalls, static and dynamic Web application vulnerability scanning and source code analysis products and services.

Barracuda Web Application Firewall
Barracuda Networks

If application developers don't employ secure coding practices, a Web application firewall can help pick up some of the slack, protecting against unseen flaws that attackers can turn into SQL injections, cross-site scripting or worse. In fact, that's why readers gave the Barracuda Web Application Firewall top honors this year, citing the device's particular eeffectiveness in detecting and reporting known attacks and vulnerabilities.

BIG-IP Application Security Manager
F5 Networks
The BIG-IP Application Security Manager (ASM) uses automated, adaptive policies based on the traffic patterns that it observes. The straightforward policy implementation, according to F5 Networks, allows companies to reduce overall operational costs. The readers seem to have agreed. Those surveyed gave it high marks for its return on investment.

Citrix Systems NetScaler Application Firewall
Citrix Systems
Readers had a strong appreciation for the NetScaler Application Firewall's vendor service and support, as well as its ability to stop attacks and flaws. The Citrix Systems firewall blocks application-layer attacks based on behaviors--not signatures--that deviate from its security model. NetScaler's learning engine also generates policy recommendations using similar analysis.


"[The consolidation (IBM/Watchfire, HP/SPIDynamics)] that we've seen so far is largely on the testing side. There will be a natural shift from the testing gear to more proactive automated prevention products like WAFs, technical frameworks and development tools, which stop vulnerabilities at an earlier phase." -- Diana Kelley, cofounder, Security Curve


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This was last published in September 2009

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