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AWS WAF vs. Imperva Web Application Firewall
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about AWS WAF vs. Imperva Web Application Firewall and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"The customizable features are good.""This is not a product that you need to install. You just use it.""The most valuable feature of AWS WAF is the extra layer of security that I have when connecting to my web applications.""As a basic WAF, it's better than nothing. So if you need something simple out of the box with default features, AWS WAF is good.""The most valuable features of AWS WAF are its cloud-native and on-demand.""The access instruction feature is the most valuable. This is what we use the most.""Its best feature is that it is on the cloud and does not require local hardware resources.""AWS WAF has a lot of integrated features and services. For example, there are security services that can be integrated very well for our customers."

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"Configuration for different application sources is most valuable. We can segregate the traffic that an application is carrying and identify the sizing in Imperva.""Imperva WAF's strongest features are the detection of web application threats and vulnerabilities in the source code.""Very scalable and very stable firewall for web applications, with a good interface in its cloud version. Mitigation is its most valuable feature. The technical support for this product is also good.""The most important feature I have found to be the ease in how to do the backup and restores.""There are a number of features that are valuable such as the account takeover and various antivirus features.""Imperva is easy to use and deploy. The UI is excellent.""The solution can scale.""One good thing about Imperva Web Application Firewall is it can be on the cloud and also it can be on-premise."

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Cons
"The product could be improved by expanding the weightage units of rules.""The serverless product from AWS WAF could be improved. For example, they have only one serverless series, Lambda, but they should extend and improve it. Additionally, the firewall rules are not very easy to configure.""The pricing model is complicated.""On the UI side, I would like it if they could bring back the geolocation view on the corner.""AWS WAF could improve by making the overall management easier. Many people that have started working with AWS WAF do not have an easy time. They should make it easy to use.""The setup is complicated.""While the complexity of the installation can vary from one service to another, overall, I would say that it and the configuration and navigation are somewhat complex.""We don't have much control over blocking, because the WAF is managed by AWS."

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"An improvement for Imperva WAF would be to reduce the number of false positives and create more strong use cases based on AI/ML or behavioral analytics.""They can provide an option to create reports, automatically import the entire report, and create rules again. In a real-life crisis, it would be helpful to be able to import a report and generate security rules from that report. I should be able to create a simple query and import the reports automatically. It can maybe also tell us the format of the report.""I don't really use it and therefore can't speak to areas of improvement.""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.""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 support for the on-premises version needs improvement.""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.""Sometimes our web application firewall will slow down."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It has a variable pricing scheme."
  • "We are kind of doing a POC comparison to see what works best. Pricing-wise, AWS is one of the most attractive ones. It is fairly cheap, and we like the pricing part. We're trying to see what makes more sense operation-wise, license-wise, and pricing-wise."
  • "It's quite affordable. It's in the middle."
  • "The pricing should be more affordable, especially as it pertains to small clients."
  • "It's cheap."
  • "AWS WAF is pay-as-you-go, I only pay for what I'm using. There is no subscription or any payment upfront, I can terminate use at any time. Which is an advantage."
  • "You need an additional AWS subscription for this product if you are buying a managed tool."
  • "The price of AWS WAF is reasonable, it is not expensive and it is not cheap."
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  • "There are some licenses that you have to buy to use some features. Its price could be better. Price is always important because, at the end of the day, customers have a budget. If you can meet the budget, you can sell, and if you don't, you cannot sell."
  • "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."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Hi Varun, I have had experienced with several WAF deployments and deep technical assessments of the following: 1. Imperva WAF 2. F5 WAF 3. Polarisec Cloud WAF Typical limitations on cloud… more »
    Top Answer:Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Amazon’s Web Service Web Application Firewall or Microsoft Azure Application Gateway web application firewall software was the better fit for… more »
    Top Answer:Their technical support has been quite good.
    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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    AWS Web Application Firewall
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    Overview

    AWS WAF is a web application firewall that helps protect your web applications from common web exploits that could affect application availability, compromise security, or consume excessive resources. AWS WAF gives you control over which traffic to allow or block to your web applications by defining customizable web security rules. You can use AWS WAF to create custom rules that block common attack patterns, such as SQL injection or cross-site scripting, and rules that are designed for your specific application. New rules can be deployed within minutes, letting you respond quickly to changing traffic patterns. Also, AWS WAF includes a full-featured API that you can use to automate the creation, deployment, and maintenance of web security rules.

    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
    eVitamins, 9Splay, Senao International
    BlueCross BlueShield, eHarmony, EMF Broadcasting, GE Healthcare, Metro Bank, The Motley Fool, Siemens
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    Energy/Utilities Company18%
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    Large Enterprise56%
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    Buyer's Guide
    AWS WAF vs. Imperva Web Application Firewall
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about AWS WAF vs. Imperva Web Application Firewall and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,703 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    AWS WAF is ranked 6th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 12 reviews while Imperva Web Application Firewall is ranked 7th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 17 reviews. AWS WAF is rated 7.6, while Imperva Web Application Firewall is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of AWS WAF writes "Does what it is supposed to do, probably not in the best way and not in the best UI". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Imperva Web Application Firewall writes "Simple to maintain, easy to configure, and easy to scale". AWS WAF is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Cloudflare Web Application Firewall, Azure Web Application Firewall, Azure Front Door and Akamai Kona Site Defender, whereas Imperva Web Application Firewall is most compared with F5 Advanced WAF, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Imperva DDoS, Fortinet FortiWeb and Akamai Kona Site Defender. See our AWS WAF vs. Imperva Web Application Firewall report.

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