Cyber Security Cloud Launches WafCharm on Microsoft Azure
AI automation of WAF rules now available to 60% of the world’s cloud users
Cyber Security Cloud, Inc. (CSC) is pleased to announce the availability of WafCharm on Microsoft Azure. Already available to over one million Amazon AWS users around the world, this launch provides Azure users with automatic operation of Web Application Firewall (WAF) rules, expanding WafCharm’s availability to 60% of the world’s cloud users.
Microsoft Azure users now have access to the same WafCharm benefits for securing their web applications in the cloud as do their Amazon AWS counterparts. By making WafCharm available on two of the industry’s top cloud platforms, businesses benefit by being able to select the cloud service that best fits their needs while enjoying the ease-of-use WafCharm offers.
“WafCharm automates WAF rules using machine learning and big data without requiring security experts to customize the system,” CSC’s CTO, Yoji Watanabe, stated. “With CSC’s expertise in the cloud-WAF industry, Azure users can optimize their cloud functionality and focus resources on their businesses instead of constantly fine-tuning WAF rules to the latest security threats.”
WafCharm automatically customizes WAF rules based on their applications and system, and continuously adjusts and manages them. Users can now focus on business operations with fewer security worries as WafCharm takes care of: building, testing and tuning rules; researching vulnerabilities, and creating new rules.
“Deploying and operating WAF without a purpose-built tool like WafCharm is a time- and resource-intensive operation. And companies with limited resources are not able to respond immediately when problems happen,” said Yosuke Matsuura, Infrastructure Team Leader of CAST PLATFORM at Hachidori, Inc., developer of chatbot and shift and attendance tools. “With CSC’s WafCharm, we've been able to maximize WAF's security features in a hassle-free way. I highly recommend it to anyone deploying WAF.”
“We compared a number of WAF solutions – both on-premises and cloud-based – before deciding on CSC’s WafCharm. Solutions from other vendors had too many issues for a small team like ours to have to overcome, such as implementing a new cloud service and procuring new hardware,” said Kunihiro Okamoto, General Manager of the Development Division at Coconala, Inc., developer of sharing economy services such as an online flea market for knowledge, skills and experience; a legal consultation website; and a market for handmade items. “WafCharm is not only easy to use, it is also possible to start with the price range that matches the scale of the service. Now we are saving time and money.”
Equipped with CSC’s patented WRAO AI engine, WafCharm uses machine learning to go through its database of over a trillion threat signatures to select the most optimal WAF rules for each application. Additionally, its cyber threat intelligence team "Cyhorus" helps to quickly identify and respond to the latest threats. The Cyhorus team consists of top-class security engineers with the best signature customization know-how in Japan.
WafCharm is a service that is easy to use and operate, with a user-friendly implementation process and an experienced customer support team. It will automatically select the optimum WAF rules and customers can customize and fix rules manually if they so desire. It is not necessary to install any special equipment or switch DNS servers to use WafCharm since it is an immediately available Security-as-a-Service on Azure or AWS.
■ About WafCharm
WafCharm is an automatic rule (signature) management service for AWS WAF and Azure WAF, which has the largest number of installed users in Japan^1. It is equipped with an AI engine "WRAO"^2 (Patent No. 6375047) that automatically selects the most optimal WAF rules using machine learning, based on trillions of Big Data cultivated through in-house developed cloud-based WAF “Shadankun”, which has the No. 1 adoption rate in Japan^3.
The cyber threat information monitoring team of security researchers "Cyhorus" responds quickly to the latest threats, and by offering individual customization by top-class security engineers with flexible services tailored to the needs of customers, WafCharm has made AWS WAF operations easier for users. It is available to over 1 million AWS users in over 190 countries.
For more information, please visit https://www.wafcharm.com/en/
■ About Cyber Security Cloud, Inc.
With an aim to create a secure cyberspace that people around the world can use safely, Cyber Security Cloud provides web application security services worldwide using the world's leading cyber threat intelligence and AI technology. CSC is also certified as the 7th AWS WAF Managed Rules Seller in the world by AWS (Amazon Web Service) which boasts a 47.8% global cloud market share^4.
As a leading cybersecurity company, CSC plans to continue to strive to improve and develop new technologies and aims to be a company that can deliver effective security solutions to contribute to the information revolution.
For more information, please visit https://www.cscloud.co.jp/en/
^1: Japan Marketing Research Organization (JMRO) Survey Summary: FY07/2020_Actual survey
^2: Only compatible with AWS WAF Classic.
^3: Market research on "cloud-based WAF services" (as of June 16, 2019) [Research by ESP Research Institute (May 2019 to June 2019)]
^4: Gartner (July 2019): Worldwide Iaas Public Cloud Services Market Share, 2017-2018 (Millions of U.S. Dollars)