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Incapsula – Debunking the Myths of Cloud Security

This is a guest post by Marc Gaffan, Co-Founder of Incapsula, a Rackspace Cloud Tools partner. Incapsula offers state-of-the-art security and performance to any size websites.

Protecting your website can seem like a daunting task to small and medium businesses who, until now, have relied on the old standby’s of a firewall and anti-virus software to keep their websites safe.

Hackers have become more sophisticated, penetrating websites with malicious threats: from sophisticated SQL injection attacks to malicious bots suffocating websites with massive amounts of resource-consuming requests, and intruding comment spammers. For hackers small websites are now as big a target as larger sites forced to invest in sophisticated website security measures.

A 2011 survey from the National Cyber Security Alliance found 85-percent of 1000+ small U.S. businesses believed they were safe from hackers, malware, viruses and other breaches. However, only 52-percent reported having a plan for keeping their businesses cyber secure.

… a false sense of security, perhaps?

When it comes to making sites faster, things aren’t any less daunting:

Website visitors expect the same speed and performance from their favorite blog and local pizza site as they do from Facebook, Bank of America and CNN.com.
According to Forrester Research, online shoppers expect pages to load in less than two seconds, and 40-percent of shoppers abandon a site if pages take more than three seconds to load.

Today for even small e-commerce sites, high traffic content sites and CRM powered sites, performance and security is no longer a luxury.

So what can SMBs do? This is exactly why we built Incapsula.

Incapsula is a cloud-based service that delivers affordable yet uncompromising speed and security previously only accessible by the website elite.  Incapsula can be setup within just five minutes, without any additional hardware and software, and without requiring security expertise to maintain the service. As a cloud service Incapsula also provides on-demand scaling for any size website.

With such cloud solutions being relatively new, migrating mission critical infrastructure from within the datacenter to the cloud, stretch many beyond their comfort zone.

So let’s debunk some of the myths around cloud-based security:

Myth: Cloud security services aren’t safe and are less effective than host based solutions.

False! Incapsula’s cloud provides small-to-medium businesses with the same level  security as large companies with on-premise solutions. Furthermore, our collaborative threat technology detects threats across our network benefiting all customers in real-time

Myth: Such solutions are expensive.

False! SMBs can easily afford uncompromising security and speed that returns the investment in spades. Sites under 25Gb/month can use the free version with all the security and performance features they need.

Myth: Using a cloud service will slow my website.

False! Routing traffic through our servers not only keeps hackers out, but speeds websites too.  Our CDN capabilities double website speed and halve bandwidth consumption.

Myth: Installation is complicated.

False! It takes a simple DNS switch in under 5 minutes, with no software or hardware.

Bottom line? Now any size website can compete with the giants, with:

• Enterprise- grade website security
• 40% faster page-loading
• 50% bandwidth reduction
• No comment spam or scrapers

Incapsula can be used for any website or web application hosted on the Rackspace cloud. Give it a Try or take the Incapsula Tour.

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About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Bob Bardwell.

Bob Bardwell is a Racker who works in Rackspace Corporate Development; his background includes financial statement and single audits. He enjoys golf, geopolitics, and networking.


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