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Imperva adds WAM to security

Application data security provider Imperva has announced that its SecureSphere Web Application Firewall now supports comprehensive Web Activity Monitoring, which automatically discovers production system vulnerabilities and accelerates their repair.

Announced Tuesday, SecureSphere will also now log malicious inputs and application responses, providing development teams with the information needed to pinpoint and fix coding flaws, according to Imperva.

"Historically, Web Application Firewalls have focused on reducing threats to online applications, while code review and vulnerability scanning technologies have focused on discovering vulnerabilities," Imperva chief technology officer Amichai Shulman said in a statement.

"With Web Activity Monitoring, SecureSphere closes this gap by blocking malicious inputs and capturing detailed information on how applications respond to live queries, which allows developers to fix code level security holes."

Expanding SecureSphere's role as an application protection and security lifecycle management platform, these enhancements make practical improvements to the application development process, according to Andrew Jaquith, program manager for technology research and consulting firm Yankee Group.

"Because they monitor web traffic and detect attacks, Web Application Firewalls should help developers find and fix flaws in production code. But in reality, the process is too tedious and costly," Jaquith said in a statement.

"In contrast, Imperva's Web Activity Monitoring solution feeds alerts and reports to both security and development teams, closing the loop between security operations and application developers."

Imperva's worldwide clients include more than 4500 enterprises and government organizations in over 35 countries, including discount hosting and domain registrar Go Daddy, which selected Imperva in July to deliver enhanced website and e-commerce security.

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