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Fastly Extends Edge Security Capabilities

Pinterest and other brands rely on Fastly to avoid security breaches, meet compliance requirements, and deliver uninterrupted customer experiences

SAN FRANCISCO — April 18, 2017 — Fastly today announced its Web Application Firewall (WAF), one of three newly-launched services on Fastly’s edge cloud platform. The Fastly WAF rounds out an existing security portfolio that includes DDoS Mitigation, Bot Protection, TLS encryption and a fully PCI compliant network, offering comprehensive protection against integrity threats at the edge of the network before they can impact enterprises.

Fastly’s cloud-based WAF consumes third party rulesets from the OWASP Core Ruleset, commercial sources, open source and Fastly-generated rules. Rules can be configured in real time, and customers are protected from key application-layer attacks, such as injection attacks and malicious inputs, cross site scripting, data exfiltration, HTTP protocol violations and other OWASP Top 10 Threats.

Integrated directly into Fastly’s edge cloud platform, the Fastly WAF offers businesses global protection and superior performance, as well as direct control, and support for IPv6 and HTTP/2. The Fastly WAF operates at the edge and only processes origin traffic, resulting in a measured 1.5 millisecond latency – traditional offerings send all traffic through their WAF, sacrificing speed. Additionally, Fastly’s WAF gives customers access to 100% of security events and notifications from the edge within seconds. Real-time log streaming provides immediate visibility into the impact of attack mitigation efforts.

“In 2016, 40% of web application threats led to breaches — a five times increase from the previous year. Companies are feeling even more pressure to protect their customers and brand reputation, as well as prevent any potential revenue loss,” said Jose Nazario, Director of Security Research at Fastly. “Fastly’s WAF eliminates the traditional tradeoff between security and high quality performance; customers benefit from complete control and real-time visibility, without the common latency issues of other WAF options.”

"As we build for a growing global user base, Fastly’s WAF product has helped us maintain a fast and secure service that keeps Pinners and our business safe," said Grant Gaudet, Software Engineer at Pinterest.

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Remember, no security product will detect or prevent all possible attacks or threats.

About Fastly

Fastly helps people stay better connected with the things they love. Fastly’s edge cloud platform enables customers to create great digital experiences quickly, securely, and reliably by processing, serving, and securing our customers’ applications as close to their end-users as possible — at the edge of the internet. Fastly’s platform is designed to take advantage of the modern internet, to be programmable, and to support agile software development with unmatched visibility and minimal latency, empowering developers to innovate with both performance and security. Fastly’s customers include many of the world’s most prominent companies, including Pinterest, The New York Times, and GitHub.

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