Most of the systems operate via applications and web applications take up most part of it. From communications technology to the operating system and user interface, every single ICT has been integrated into the web, to say the least. The prime reason and purpose of cybercrimes, the data, not only get transferred through but also get stolen on web applications. Therefore, all cybersecurity incidents can be understood as web security incidents regardless of how diverse and complicated it can be seen. In other words, all incidents could have been nipped in the bud from the very beginning via thorough web security applications.
There are countless web security appliances out there – however, there is only one solution that can defend cyberattacks on an application level – and that is WAF, the Web Application Firewall.
The Regionality of Cybersecurity Incidents: Ukraine
Since the web covers and comprehends the entire world, web security incidents can also be understood as a universal thing. As a matter of fact, this is the reason why it is referred to as the ‘cyberwar’ at times due to its characteristic of cross-border occurrences. However, it also has distinct regional characteristics that can be distinguished by the geopolitical connections. The nature of the crime can depend on what countries are around the region where it took place, what their diplomatic, economic, and cultural relationships are like, what the cybercrime scene is like in the region, and what the cybercriminals are aiming for. Different parts of the world have different types and levels of cybercrimes.
For instance, Ukraine went through a major blackout back in 2015 and 2016, which turned out to be a cyberattack on information security. A hacker group from a nearby power is strongly suspected of the blackout, however, is still denied until now. Additionally, this incident where the howitzer aiming application used by the Ukrainian artillery unit was infected by malware, which ended up causing military communication disruptions and exposal of the unit’s location, is also strongly denied by the same suspect. Again, all this could have been prevented through web security measures before the incidents could have even occurred.
In a cybersecurity-controlled point of view, it can be seen that neighboring countries’ hackers hone and maintain their skills by attacking Ukraine as a tactical strategy training ground before attacking Western countries, which are their original targets. This is the regionality of the cyberwar in Ukraine and the surrounding regions. Eastern Europe, with some of the world’s most dangerous cybercriminals, and the main targets of Western and Northern European countries, also have a significant impact on the current characteristic of cybersecurity regionality.
South Korea, the World’s Most Fierce Cybersecurity Battlefield
Which region holds similar characteristics to Ukraine and still be the most dangerous region? As easy as it can be imagined, it is South Korea. It shares the border with North Korea, which is seen as one of the most unpredictable countries in the world. In addition, there is China, which has the capability of cyber warfare to instantly paralyze any existing system in the world through its overwhelming volume. Last but not least, Japan, which can easily be aimed for due to its abundant amount of data and resources, the main purposes of cybercrimes.
The dependence on web applications in Korean society is geometrically high. Food delivery ‘apps’ often become a country-wide sensation rather than the food itself. There are also a large number of application engineers, which can easily let themselves become cybercriminals with advanced skills if they put their minds to it. After all, South Korea has all the potentials going through inevitable cybersecurity incidents.
South Korea, however, also suffered largely and frequently just like any other country in the world. Even with all the bank, company, and private information related incidents, it only analyzed the problems on the surface. Nonetheless, as mentioned above, all information security incidents occurred in the web society where all the data get transferred and handled through the web, should and must be seen as web security incidents. Only after swingeing damages, the country started to realize the true nature of any cybersecurity-related problem. The essence here is: “The most important cybersecurity is web security”.
WAPPLES, with Swiftness and Continuity of Cybersecurity
Even in that fierce battlefield, the front line of defense is definitely the cybersecurity control service company. There are 18 companies in South Korea, 17 of which have deployed Penta Security’s WAF product ‘WAPPLES’. 8 of the country’s top 10 companies use WAPPLES and more than 60% of the government and public institutions have deployed WAPPLES. There are countless unprecedented, extremely dangerous, with state-of-the-art techniques cyberattacks found in South Korea each and every day. However, companies requesting equipment conformance testing are immediately satisfied with the performance of WAPPLES and deploys it straight away. WAPPLES basically consists of almost all of the weapons at the forefront of the world’s most dangerous – cybersecurity – battlefield.
But cybersecurity isn’t just about the severity of risks and the speed of action. Urgently dealing with risks most likely cause abnormal use of tricks and shortcuts. This, in the long run, will weaken the sustainability and stability of the security. It sometimes occurs that users try to block all the networks in order to simply avoid the bigger risks, but this only worsens the continuity and makes it even harder to put things back together again. Therefore, risk management is also a true cybersecurity-related methodology in terms of business continuity. Japan, in this case, could be the most difficult to deal with due to their conservative culture that seeks and places the stability of business first. Nevertheless, even after including Japan, ‘WAPPLES’ became the web security equipment that has the highest market share in the Asia-Pacific market.
The Ultimate Web Defense Solution: WAPPLES
WAPPLES is a web application ﬁrewall (WAF) that protects customers’ business-critical applications from known and zero-day attacks. Besides blocking web attacks such as SQL Injection and Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), WAPPLES also serves as an eﬀective solution against data exposure, website defacement, and suspicious bot behavior with its patented COCEP™ logic-based detection engine. WAPPLES provides robust protection for sensitive assets enabling secure services that customers can trust. Moreover, WAPPLES deliver the following benefits to customers;
*COCEP™ : Contents Classiﬁcation and Evaluation Processing
Logic-Based Detection Engine COCEP
Set apart from legacy WAFs based on signature-matching detection, WAPPLES does not depend on signature updates or lengthy learning periods. Instead, WAPPLES has distilled web attack logic into a set of 31 detection rules to achieve industry-leading precision and extremely low false-positive rates. Combining semantic and heuristic analysis, WAPPLES protection covers all OWASP Top 10 risks (2013/2017). Pre-conﬁgured security policies are provided for quick setup and can be used as templates for custom policies.
High Performance and Stability
WAPPLES is not slowed down by excessive signature load, and due to in-memory computing capabilities, achieves split-second engine performance. Even without hardware acceleration, WAPPLES exceeds the SSL performance of peers. WAPPLES supports bonding conﬁguration for increased bandwidth.
Load Balancing of WAPPLES enables a highly optimized application delivery network.
To maintain reliable web services, any interruptions to smooth delivery must be addressed promptly. The Self-Diagnostics feature in WAPPLES performs continuous checks on various performance statuses that inﬂuence service delivery, automatically triggering remediation and alerts to administrators when any status exceeds minimum safety thresholds.
Easy to Install and Conﬁgure
WAPPLES deployment does not require changes to existing network environment and can be deployed in Inline, Reverse Proxy, Transparent Reverse Proxy as well Active-active and Active-passive modes. The Web browser-based admin console makes managing WAPPLES OS agnostic. A helpful wizard simpliﬁes the process of registering web servers. For more complex environments, WAPPLES oﬀers a Web API to meet custom management settings. Centralized management of multiple WAPPLES is possible with WAPPLES Control Center (WCC). Especially, WAPPLES can support Ukraine and the Russian language so that customers in CIS territory can easily operate.
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