Web application firewall (WAF) services inspect HTTP traffic before it reaches your applications, to defend against rapidly emerging security threats. Gartner evaluates 12 vendors in the 2019 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Cloud Web Application Firewall Services Report. Akamai received the highest scores in 2 of 3 primary use cases: Web-Scale Critical Business Applications (3.68/5) and API Security (3.49/5). This executive briefing explores the growing preference for cloud-based WAF solutions. It also explains how Akamai Kona Site Defender leverages an always-on, multilayered toolset to protect against sophisticated DDoS, web application, and direct-to-origin attacks. Download it now.