Enhanced Edge Caching, Site Profiling, and Bot Capabilities

PUBLISHED ON May 2, 2018
LAST UPDATED March 18, 2022

Based on analysis of existing data, feedback from customers, and thought leadership insights, ThreatX is rolling out updates to offer advanced Edge Caching, DDoS Mitigation and Botnet Detection. 

Back in April during the announcement of our Series A funding, we promised to continue our quest to provide the very best in application security technology. And over the past four weeks, the ThreatX team has been hard at work doing just that. Based on analysis of existing data, feedback from customers, and insights from thought leaders in the space, we have completed several product feature enhancements to ensure our customers are backed by the strongest, most precise WAAP on the market. Continue reading to see what’s new:  

Advanced Edge Caching and Site Performance Tuning 

Slower back-end application issues and content-heavy web properties are negatively impacting application performance. ThreatX now offers additional caching capabilities to speed up app performance, including:  

  • Static and dynamic resource caching 
  • Image optimization: stripping meta-data, dynamic resizing, recompression 
  • CSS & JavaScript minification, concatenation and inlining 
  • Small resource inlining 
  • Manual cache purging 

Enhanced Site Profiling for DDoS Mitigation

We have enhanced our already robust site profiling capabilities for early and rapid detection of Long Running Queries to help ensure we catch a key exploit vector of a layer 7 DDoS attack, long before it becomes an issue. This new dynamic profiling quickly identifies slower inputs across your web applications and automatically sets extra controls to mitigate risk.  

New Bot Detection and Mitigation Capabilities 

Based on top enhancement requests from ThreatX customers and industry trends, ThreatX has added three new capabilities to better identify and neutralize malicious bot activity: 

1. Tar-pitting: Will slow down any high-intensity, repetitive requests that may match a malicious profile (like a bot!) and mitigate performance impacts while allowing further interrogation. 

2. Interrogation: Can route questionable entities through a series of interactions, setting cookies and injecting JavaScript to quickly track and identify malicious activity. This interrogation approach can also very effectively replace your existing Captcha techniques (which often result in a poor customer experience and can be easily circumvented by advanced bots).

3. Bot Site Profiling: Dynamically deploys custom rules based on your site profile to quickly catch malicious bots, scrapers, crawlers and content spammers.

As always, you can find the latest and greatest from ThreatX here on our website.

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About the Author

Andrew Useckas

Andrew has a varied career ranging from ethical hacking, penetration testing and security product development for the US Department of Defense, senior consulting positions for fortune 500 enterprises, and corporate CISO responsibilities for large enterprises. Andrew has an exceptional blend of software development skills combined with extensive knowledge and experience of the network and security industries.