Historically, IT teams have tended to deploy web application firewalls (WAFs) simply to comply with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS). If this is the case in your organization, whether you are a financial services provider or a retailer, it may be time to take another look at these valuable security tools. Many of today’s data security professionals are beginning to recognize that unprotected web applications have become attractive targets for cybercriminals looking for easy entry points into their networks.
The fact is, securing application environments presents a unique and consistent challenge to IT teams. Which is why 83 percent of enterprise IT executives, according to a recent IDG survey, now believe that application security is critical to their IT strategy.