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We performed a comparison between Akamai Kona Site Defender and Imperva Web Application Firewall based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Web Application Firewall (WAF) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Imperva Web Application Firewall Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"The solution can scale extremely well.""I like that the charges are all based on usage and labor costs. For the time that we spend onboarding almost 252020 FQDN, Akamai charges us only for the traffic usage, but it's only charging us for the labor costs for onboarding.""The features are powerful and better than F5.""The most valuable feature is the custom rules feature. This is because many of our customers require a lot of custom rules. Because it's a very customized project for our customers, I think they have the best of everything already."

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"The features I have found most valuable with Imperva Web Application Firewall are account takeover protection, advanced bot protection, and API security.""I have had a positive experience with Imperva Web Application Firewall's tech support so far. They are knowledgeable and respond on time.""One good thing about Imperva Web Application Firewall is it can be on the cloud and also it can be on-premise.""It has fewer false positives""The solution can scale.""The solution is stable.""The most valuable features of the Imperva Web Application Firewall are DDoS, malware, and the other malicious threat prevention it provides. Additionally, third-party integration is available. You can forward the log for further analysis.""The configurability of the tools and the ease of operation to be the most valuable feature of Imperva."

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Cons
"Support and the pricing need to improve.""They are already very flexible, but room for improvement is there. Reports generation could be better and should be improved.""The pricing could be reduced a bit.""It would be better if there weren't any issues with latency. We had latency issues, but I think they are all solved now."

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"Imperva Web Application Firewall can improve by adding more features to the dashboard. increasing the visibility of the real-time events, besides configuring the administration itself.""Imperva Web Application Firewall could improve the API integration. It was complex for us. Additionally, The onboarding could be better.""It should be more user-friendly. Like other web solutions, it would be helpful to be able to easily do policy configuration and identification inside the application. Understanding the in-depth configuration of a policy is somewhat difficult for an engineer, and they can improve that.""Imperva Web Application Firewall is a good system, but we found that the visibility of the diverse-path server, e.g. where the traffic is coming from, the different IPs, etc., needs improvement.""The Imperva Web Application Firewall automations are good, but there is still room for improvement with them.""I don't really use it and therefore can't speak to areas of improvement.""I am looking for more data enrichment. We should have the ability to add our own custom data to the system, to the live traffic.""The solution works for particular zones but isn't always the best solution for all zones."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Akamai is very expensive."
  • "There is no license at all for Akamai. They are going to charge us only for the usage."
  • "The price they are offering is quite reasonable for premium customers, but it's very expensive if you're a small and medium-sized enterprises."
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  • "There is a license for this solution and we purchase the license annually with no additional fees."
  • "There are a couple of different licensing models."
  • "The price of Imperva Web Application Firewalls is expensive compared to others."
  • "Licensing can range from one to twenty thousand dollars annually. Additionally, some features, including software support, require an annual subscription as well."
  • "Imperva Web Application Firewall price is higher compared to other solutions. However, everything is included in the price."
  • "We sell three-year licenses for Imperva Web Application Firewall to our customers. The price is a little expensive."
  • "The solution's pricing is an issue."
  • "The pricing is somewhat expensive. It is actually a huge investment when compared to other countries."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The product really isn't very user-friendly. They could improve it so that it's easier for their customers to navigate and use. From a management perspective, it's difficult. Managing these rules with… more »
    Top Answer:We primarily use the solution as an application firewall.
    Top Answer:For ADC, any ADC can do a good job. But in case if you want to add WAF functionality to the same ADC hardware you have to look for other ADC's like F5, Imperva, Radware, Fortinet, etc. 
    Top Answer:You can have a look to Imperva Cloud WAF, the anti-DDoS mitigation is under 1s and works very well. I observed a lot of DDoS attacks that were well managed (even not seen by the customer) by Imperva… more »
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    Also Known As
    Kona Site Defender, Kona
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    Overview
    Akamai's Kona Site Defender extends security beyond the data center while maintaining site performance and availability in the face of fast-changing threats. It leverages the power of the Akamai Intelligent Platform to detect, identify and mitigate Denial-of-Service (DoS) and Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks before they ever reach the origin.

    Web application attacks deny services and steal sensitive data. Imperva Web Application Firewall (WAF) analyzes and inspects requests coming in to applications and stops these attacks.

    Protect your applications in the cloud and on-premises with the same set of security policies and management capabilities. Safely migrate apps while maintaining full protection.

    Deploy Imperva WAF on-premises, in AWS and Azure, or as a cloud service itself. Easily meet the specific security and service level requirements of individual applications.

    Imperva WAF protects against the most critical web application security risks: SQL injection, cross-site scripting, illegal resource access, remote file inclusion, and other OWASP Top 10 and Automated Top 20 threats. Imperva security researchers continually monitor the threat landscape and update Imperva WAF with the latest threat data.

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    Sample Customers
    AvidMobile, itBit
    BlueCross BlueShield, eHarmony, EMF Broadcasting, GE Healthcare, Metro Bank, The Motley Fool, Siemens
    Top Industries
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    Leisure / Travel Company29%
    Retailer14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Insurance Company6%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Insurance Company14%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Security Firm14%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Insurance Company6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business30%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise72%
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    Small Business55%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise32%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Imperva Web Application Firewall
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Imperva Web Application Firewall and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Akamai Kona Site Defender is ranked 12th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 4 reviews while Imperva Web Application Firewall is ranked 7th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 20 reviews. Akamai Kona Site Defender is rated 8.0, while Imperva Web Application Firewall is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Akamai Kona Site Defender writes "Great technical support, scales extremely well, and is very stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Imperva Web Application Firewall writes "Simple to maintain, easy to configure, and easy to scale". Akamai Kona Site Defender is most compared with AWS WAF, Akamai Prolexic Routed, Cloudflare Web Application Firewall, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and Azure DDoS Protection, whereas Imperva Web Application Firewall is most compared with AWS WAF, F5 Advanced WAF, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Imperva DDoS and Azure Web Application Firewall. See our Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Imperva Web Application Firewall report.

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