art of defence Releases Industry's First Distributed WAF As SaaS Through Amazon Web Services

Solution is scalable and aimed at virtualized situations

November 9, 2009

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egensburg, Germany, November 10, 2009 " Today, art of defence, the leading distributed web application firewall (dWAF) provider, announced the industry's first cloud-based SaaS solution, hyperguard SaaS, is now available through the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Solution Providers Program. AWS customers can access hyperguard SaaS by simply adding a small software plug-in to an existing web server Amazon Machine Image (AMI), or by using art of defences custom AMI.

The solution's patent-pending dWAF technology and its multi-tenant software architecture solve the main limitations traditional WAF's face securing cloud applications: The distributed software-only solution is rapidly scalable and ideal for leveraging virtualized resources on its own. art of defence hosts the resource-heavy pieces of the dWAF on Amazon EC2 leaving just a small footprint on a customer's AMI. Thus, hyperguard scales simply with the number of web server AMIs that run the customer's application being protected without a need to purchase further AMIs. hyperguard's SaaS delivery model allows customers the freedom to pay on a use-case basis and avoid having to invest in owning and maintaining a solution themselves.

The first of several service levels to be rolled out, hyperguard SaaS Standard, offers users web application security monitoring, detection-only and protection modes. art of defence offers a free trial to test the service. Full details can be found here.

Key hyperguard SaaS Standard Facts

* Web application security monitoring enables customers to understand the risk and exposure of their cloud applications to known attacks at the application layer without hyperguard SaaS Standard interfering with web traffic. * 'Detection only mode' allows rule-sets to be tested but not enforced, alongside with rule-sets in 'protection mode' that enforce already proven security policies. * hyperguard SaaS Standard is ideally suited for AWS partners who want application-level protection beyond the network layer for their cloud offerings. * For companies relying on the Amazon cloud for application overflow resources, hyperguard SaaS Standard defends users' custom applications on the cloud.


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      Supporting Quotes

      * "Security is and has always been about layers, and this is underlined by applications being moved to the cloud. Traditional software is exposed like never before and often cannot be patched 'in real-time' to accommodate actual security needs," said Georg Hess, founder and CEO, art of defence. "One layer that fills this void is a WAF. Rather than a replacement for secure developing, a WAF is able to defend the cloud application until a patch can be made, tested and deployed."


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      About art of defence GmbH

      Founded in 2005, art of defence GmbH is headquartered in Regensburg, Germany, and serves the U.S., European and Asian markets. Focused exclusively on providing comprehensive web application security technology on any scale, art of defences distributed web application firewall (dWAF) technology, hyperguard, is the industry's first WAF SaaS offering available through the Amazon Web Services Partner Program. Available in many forms, hyperguard is the most flexible solution on the market today. Customers have access to the solution as a software plug-in, virtual appliance, hardware appliance or as a standalone software solution.

      The company serves the financial services, eCommerce, technology, telecommunication and public sector markets exclusively through OEM/technology and reseller channel partners. art of defence partners with leading technology providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Zeus, GeNUA, and Armorize.

      For more information about art of defence, visit:

      About art of Amazon Web Services

      Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides technology services that give businesses access to Amazon's own back-end technology infrastructure that they can use to enable virtually any type of business. These in-the-cloud web services make it possible for any business to reach the scale of major internet players such as, but without the expensive price tag these companies must pay to build and maintain such reliable, secure, and scalable infrastructure. Businesses can use AWS to achieve this level of web scale with zero up-front investment and low, pay-as-you-go pricing. More than 290,000 developers have signed up to use AWS since its inception. Amazon Web Services LLC is an, Inc. company. More information is available at

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