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Signal Sciences agent enters beta availability on Fastly edge cloud platform

Mon 2 Aug 2021

Fastly has launched beta availability of the Signal Sciences agent on its edge cloud platform, which enables developers to ensure apps and APIs are protected across cloud, hybrid, on-premise, and network edge environments.

The Signal Sciences agent leverages signal technology to write and push out rules in real time. This, Fastly says, can help to track requests and block attacks.

Fastly senior vice president of product and marketing, Dana Wolf, says that organisations need to consider protection of their APIs, apps, and networks. 

“Security attacks can occur anywhere, and we want to enable our customers to run protection where it makes sense to them. Whether that’s in the cloud, data center, or ideally, at the edge.  Fastly’s large global network, combined with Signal Sciences’ superior signal detection technology, makes it possible for organisations to enable a multi-layer or defense in depth strategy to protect every part of their business, no matter the environment.”

Access smarter detection capabilities: Fastly’s next-gen WAF offers superior detection capabilities by assessing attack indicators to better define traffic types. If a malicious request is detected, that information is flagged and sent to Fastly’s edge to initiate blocking capabilities for a smarter and more informed security experience.

Fastly says that the Signal Sciences agent can:

Support signal exclusions rules in Signal Sciences’ management console, informed by attack indicators fed through Signal Sciences’ technology, to ensure benign traffic does not get inadvertently blocked.

Directly combat false positives and reduce the disruption of legitimate web traffic and team workflow.

Fastly’s next-gen WAF technology, combined with its large scale network, is uniquely designed to absorb DDoS attacks and prevent traffic from slowing down or completely stopping. Additionally, Fastly offers customers an application layer of rate limiting and IP blocking at the edge. Each of these layers combined offers a defense in depth strategy, protecting organisations from a variety of malicious attacks.

IDC cybersecurity research manager Christopher Rodriguez says, "By bringing together the precision of Signal Sciences' technology with the scale of Fastly's network, organisations will have greater protection and security posture through multiple layers of defence. 

"Both DDoS and web application attacks are on the rise, and mitigation at the edge is more important than ever before. With real-time signals security teams can accurately detect suspicious traffic and quickly create rules to protect against potential attacks.”

The Signal Sciences agent should be in full production by the end of the year.

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