RSAC Fireside Chat: How a well-placed ‘NGWAF’ can staunch the flow of web, mobile app attacks

By Byron V. Acohido

Attack surface expansion translates into innumerable wide-open vectors of potential unauthorized access into company networks.

Related: The role of legacy security tools

Yet the heaviest volume of routine, daily cyber attacks continue to target a very familiar vector: web and mobile apps.

At RSA Conference 2023, I had the chance to meet with Paul Nicholson, senior director of product marketing and analyst relations at A10 Networks.

A10 has a birds eye view of the flow of maliciousness directed at web and mobile apps — via deployments of its Thunder Application Delivery Controller (ADC.)

We discussed why filtering web and mobile app traffic remains as critical as ever, even as cloud migration intensifies; for a full drill down, please give the accompanying podcast a listen.

Companies today face a huge challenge, Nicholson says. They must make ongoing assessments about IT infrastructure increasingly spread far and wide across on-premises and public cloud computing resources.

Guest expert: Paul Nicholson, senior director, product marketing & analyst relations, A10 Networks

The logical place to check first for incoming known-bad traffic remains at the gateways where application traffic arrives.

At RSAC 2023, A10 announced the addition of a next-generation web application firewall (NGWAF,) powered by Fastly, to its core Thunder ADC service. This upgrade, he told me, is expressly aimed at helping companies optimize secure performance of their hybrid cloud environments.

This is another encouraging example of stronger together advancement. I’ll keep watch and keep reporting.


Pulitzer Prize-winning business journalist Byron V. Acohido is dedicated to fostering public awareness about how to make the Internet as private and secure as it ought to be.

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