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Complete Web Application Protection with Threat X’s Next-Gen ‘Intelligent’ WAF Solutions

It’s a dangerous world out there, in the World Wide Web! Websites, web applications, and web servers are prime cyber-attack targets. It is difficult to create secure applications, especially when under the pressure of the enterprise world that it is today. All you need to do is add an extra layer of security like a firewall to defend yourself from attackers. But, the Web Application Firewall solution from Threat X is one step ahead. It is the only next-gen WAF to deliver kill-chain based, real-time threat detection and neutralization – all in a highly adaptable cloud-based solution.

Threat X is a leading provider of Intelligent Web Application Firewall (WAF) solutions for real-time threat detection. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Threat X was founded by Bret Settle (CEO), and Andrew Useckas (CTO), in 2014.

Threat X’s services platform delivers rapidly deployable, kill-chain based threat detection and neutralization in a highly adaptable, cloud-based architecture designed for modern application environments and constantly evolving threats. The dynamic, context-based “progressive behavior profiling” of the Threat X solution provides a holistic view of all threats, attack vectors, and targeted application vulnerabilities, all in an easy to understand, risk-based view of threat intent.

Threat X challenges the seriously ill-fallen current standards of web application protection. Threat X’s SaaS-based Web Application Firewall and managed service solution help organizations minimize the risks they are exposed to with these standards. Threat X’s aura of support spans across the web, cloud, legacy apps, APIs, and microservices within hybrid cloud environments. Unlike other web security solution providers, Threat X arms the cyber security teams with complete visibility, to reduce false positives and to protect legitimate traffic from being blocked.

Threat X – Smart for a Reason; the CEO talks

Threat X was found out of a deep frustration with the operational burden typically associated with other WAF products. The lack of coverage for hybrid cloud environments; poor accuracy and limited intelligence used to identify advanced threats, and the inability to support deep analysis of trends and application vulnerabilities makes the traditional WAFs a poor security choice. Furthermore, the complexity of hybrid cloud environments; the dynamic nature of application development of customization, and the sheer multitude of application technologies in legacy environments have created a vast surface attack area. The current generation of WAF technologies is simply not equipped to do with the large threat landscape. Static rules and signatures simply can’t keep up with the advanced nature of modern attack methods.

Threat X facilitates easy installation of the solution by offering a “Deployment Agnostic Model” that scales across your environment, whether on-premises, cloud or hybrid cloud environments.

Their Solution – Threat X WAF

What? – Threat X is a cloud-based Web Application Firewall solution that delivers behavior-based, real-time threat detection & neutralization, plus a managed service. It is an intelligent WAF that learns your site’s specific threat profile and automatically blocks threats while protecting legitimate traffic. Threat X is the best Cloud WAF with attacker-centric intelligence that also offers DDoS, Bot and CDN capabilities, the company claims.

How? – Backed by a team of security experts, Threat X constantly monitors the latest hacker trends and your website’s vulnerabilities. Unlike other security solutions, which rely on signatures, static rules, and single attacks, Threat X builds a dynamic profile of every threat actor as they move through the threat lifecycle. Smart sensors embedded in their solution analyze your website’s traffic patterns and identify malicious entities based on their combined behavior, rather than on individual security events.

Not only does the solution identify the attacking entity, but it will also note the progress made by the attacker by tracking threats across the seven states of attack, and provides you with multiple response options. Furthermore, it factors out false-positives and duplicate security events and escalates only when a specific entity has made progress to a level defined by you. With Threat X, you can also redirect the malicious traffic to a honeypot trap in order to track, block, or slow down the action and the actor of course.

Why? – A few important reasons that support the use of Threat X as your web security solution are:

  • With Threat X, security teams are gifted a 360-degree view of cyber vulnerabilities and risk, while greatly reducing operational burden. Because, “if you can’t see it, you can’t stop it,” says Threat X
  • Cyber threats can also be blocked in real time, based on a risk score instead of rules. Also, you can analyze future behavior while letting the legitimate traffic through. Threat X offers greater precision and helps reduce false positives significantly
  • With flexible, SaaS-based or container deployment options, Threat X is easy to deploy, and you can protect ALL web, cloud, and legacy apps quickly and effectively

Head of the ‘Web Application Security Team’ – Bret Settle

The creator of many high performing organizations and dynamic cyber security teams, Bret Settle also co-founded Threat X – one of the leading providers of Intelligent Web Application Firewall (WAF) solutions. Bret has served in multiple executive roles for Corporate Express/Staples and BMC Software and has extensive knowledge of the software development and security products industries. 

An alumnus of the University of Denver, Bret has been responsible for enterprise security in multiple roles and has been an innovator throughout his career.

“Our approach greatly reduces the false positives and heavy operational burdens typically associated with other WAF products, while adapting to the ever-changing risk and threat landscape.”

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