Application firewall market to hit US$656 million in six years

According to a new Frost & Sullivan report, the application firewall market is set for 52.1% annual growth.

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By  Alex Ritman Published  October 9, 2005

The application firewall market reached US$34.8 million in 2004, according to a new worldwide report from Frost & Sullivan. The report, the first of its kind focussing on web application firewalls, predicts annual growth of 52.1%, hitting US$656.2 million by 2011. The survey looks at the security evolution of web-based applications, which are increasingly vulnerable if measures are not installed at the level of the HTTP, HTTPS and FTP transaction flow. More sophisticated attacks, including SQL injection, parameter manipulation, cross site scripting and buffer overflow make such applications weak points for organisations pressured to grow web-based services. As recognised by the survey, the only system products capable of effectively safeguarding online applications are network firewalls together with intrusion prevention and detection systems by application-specific firewalls. With its rWeb application firewall, France-based developer Deny All has claimed the top spot in Frost & Sullivan’s report. The study claims that it brings together the widest range of filtering mechanisms, guaranteeing an optimal level of protection to web applications. Incorporating an accelerator and web load balancing facility, one rWeb appliance both ensures security of and HTTP (S) flow optimisation, across hundreds of applications. Developed initially to meet the demands of the banking sector, and based on the optimisation of reverse proxy technology, rWeb implementations currently protect over 2,000 web applications across the world.

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