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2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls - Cloudflare is a Challenger

Gartner has named Cloudflare a Challenger in the 2018 “Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls” report, based on Cloudflare’s ability to execute and completeness of vision.

According to Gartner, “The WAF market is growing, driven by the adoption of cloud WAF services. Enterprise security teams should use this research as part of their evaluations of how WAFs can provide improved security that’s easy to consume and manage, while respecting data privacy requirements.” 1

Organizations looking for cloud WAF services generally expect multiple, bundled features — notably DDoS protection and CDN — in an easy-to-deploy and easy-to operate package. They increasingly request more granular security controls and configuration options, but are often under time pressures to deploy the WAF.

Organizations around the world use Cloudflare to protect their web applications from malicious threats while also accelerating performance through an integrated CDN, smart routing, and content optimization.


We believe our position in this report is due to the following:

  • Our customers find the Cloudflare WAF UI and API easy to use, enabling them to quickly respond to emerging threats and a changing security landscape
  • Our global scale from protecting over 20 million Internet properties gives us a rich data dataset to analyze, enabling us to proactively identity, detect, and block zero day attacks
  • Our speed of bringing new capabilities to market, such as Cloudflare Access, our Zero Trust access management solution, Cloudflare Spectrum, which extends security capabilities to TCP applications, and Argo Tunnel, a secure, direct connection from your host to the nearest Cloudflare data center.

Register today to get a copy of the report and see how Cloudflare can help you reduce your attack surface.

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1) Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls”, Analyst(s): Jeremy D'Hoinne, Adam Hils, Ayal Tirosh, Claudio Neiva, August 29, 2018.

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