Application Security

The importance of security

Any company with a significant online presence has most likely faced a cyber attack, whether they’re aware of it or not. For e-commerce specifically, the cost of a cyber attack can be very high, in terms of direct costs through revenue and infrastructure usage from the attack. as well as indirect costs attributed to brand loss and resources it takes to overcome an attack.

Cyber attacks occur in many ways – denial of service (DoS) attacks that try to bring down websites to deny users from accessing your website, attacks trying to steal product or pricing information for competitive purposes or ransomware attacks where attackers hold the application infrastructure hostage and demand large sums of money to “release” the infrastructure.

How to make an e-commerce storefront more secure

Web application security first requires a complete understanding of the different areas of exposure to attacks. Counter-measures then need to be applied to proactively protect against the known list of cyber attacks, while building an effective perimeter to protect against unknown attacks. All of this requires an e-commerce business to have a deep understanding of web application security, research capabilities into security threats on the Internet, real-time monitoring of application traffic, and writing policies to respond effectively when attacked. Often, this is not a core skillset available in many e-commerce businesses, but Webscale can help.

How does Webscale deliver security?

Webscale is the only SaaS solution that can offer true end-end web application security, by securing transactions from the browser, to the Webscale data plane and deep into the application infrastructure. This includes monitoring and analysis through machine learning, detection, mitigation and ongoing protection. The deployment is a combination of a decentralized control plane and a distributed data plane that “fronts” application traffic. Threats identified by Webscale are instantly blocked, typically without reaching the application infrastructure, reducing load and future capex spend for your infrastructure as well as protecting your brand and revenue . The Webscale security toolkit has many features available to address security needs.

Web Application Firewall (WAF)

With its broad experience in the e-commerce space combined with end-end control over hundreds of e-commerce applications on multiple platforms including Magento, WordPress, WooCommerce, Drupal, Joomla, Ruby, Angular and more, Webscale has deployed the world’s only purpose built e-commerce Web Application Firewall.

PCI DSS Compliant

Webscale has been PCI DSS Certified since 2014. As of Dec, 2017, an external Qualified Security Assessor Company (QSAC), RSI Security, has validated that Webscale successfully completed PCI Data Security Standards 3.2 Level 1 Service Provider assessment and were found to be compliant for all the services.

Service provider levels are defined as:

Level 1: Any service provider that stores, processes and/or transmits over 300,000 transactions annually
Level 2: Any service provider that stores, processes and/or transmits less than 300,000 transactions annually

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HTTPS Delivery/SSL

HTTPS transactions have become the standard for the web, especially anything that involves sensitive information like e-commerce transactions. With Google now using HTTPS as a factor in determining the ranking of your websites, support for HTTPS is no longer an option for e-commerce businesses. Webscale can convert your application infrastructure from HTTP to HTTPS without any changes on your side. We procure digital certificates on your behalf and manage the entire lifecycle of the certificates so you don’t have to do anything. We also maintain the latest versions and ciphers of SSL/TLS, the underlying security layer to all HTTPS web transactions, ensuring you always have the strongest level of security.


Once a cyber attacker has been identified, Webscale allows you to instantly block (or explicitly allow) users identified by address or device type or country through the powerful access control capabilities, permanently or for a specific period of time.


Through visitor and session analysis we can identify the geographic and device source of each visitor to the site and effectively block regions or entire geographies if they are not relevant or are considered problematic to the business.

WAF Rules (Predefined and Custom)

Webscale automatically identifies the type of e-commerce application you have, and has a pre-built set of rules that thwarts the common vulnerabilities that may be exposed by your application. This ensures that you have a high level of protection from day one. As we learn about new attacks and block them for any customer, we apply these learnings across all customers, instantly upgrading the entire security infrastructure of all the applications we manage. You have extreme flexibility in managing security policies – you can bring your own WAF rules, manage and expand on them, or write your own WAF rules using the powerful Web Control capability. Either way, you are always protected with Webscale WAF rules.

Shield Mode

DDoS (Distributed denial of service attacks) have become increasingly prevalent, especially with online retailers. DDoS attacks go after web applications with a deluge of requests from bots, automated software tools on the internet, that attack applications to bring them down and take them hostage in exchange for ransom payments. Webscale’s Shield mode provides one-click instant DDoS protection, requesting validations for human access and keeping out all bots that are attacking the application.


End-end security means going beyond the Webscale platform and deeper into your application. A common means of cyber exploits occurs at the code level, where malicious agents are inserted into the application infrastructure to take it hostage or steal sensitive information such as credit card and social security numbers. Unlike most cloud SaaS solutions out there, Webscale is the first of its kind to mitigate powerful traffic attacks with file integrity monitoring(FIM). Webscale can constantly monitor and manage any code and asset changes to your infrastructure, alert you of any changes and also automatically quarantine or keep out the malicious agents from infecting the users and traffic.

Virtual Patching

Any application can have undiscovered vulnerabilities that may be exploited by attackers. Once these vulnerabilities are exposed, it still takes time between the application vendor creating a fix and you applying the patch. During this window, your application is exposed to attacks and a potential loss in brand and revenue. At Webscale, we solve this problem by having our security team constantly monitor application feeds, then create and apply security policies instantly as vulnerabilities are exposed.



Webscale provides best-in-class, powerful protection against known and unknown cyber threats


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