F5 Big-IP Advanced Web Application Firewall vs. Imperva Web Application Firewall (WAF)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
F5 Advanced WAF
Score 9.2 out of 10
N/A
F5 Networks offers the Advanced Web Application Firewall (WAF) to provide bot defense, advanced application protection, anti-bot SDK, and other features.N/A
Imperva Web Application Firewall (WAF)
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
The Imperva Web Application Firewall (WAF) is based on technology acquired with Incapsula and the former WebSphere WAF.N/A
Pricing
F5 Big-IP Advanced Web Application FirewallImperva Web Application Firewall (WAF)
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
F5 Advanced WAFImperva Web Application Firewall (WAF)
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
F5 Big-IP Advanced Web Application FirewallImperva Web Application Firewall (WAF)
Top Pros
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User Ratings
F5 Big-IP Advanced Web Application FirewallImperva Web Application Firewall (WAF)
Likelihood to Recommend
9.3
(11 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
F5 Big-IP Advanced Web Application FirewallImperva Web Application Firewall (WAF)
Likelihood to Recommend
F5
Advanced WAF is well suited for protection against account enumeration attacks, protection against known and new increasing attack vectors through out of the box attack signatures and threat campaigns. Also, up to date and accurate IP intelligence database to block based on known IP reputation.
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Imperva
Imperva web application firewall does a great job in giving us control over access to our public web servers. With our regular hosting provider, we couldn't block access based on geography, or really anything. So we had to rely on traditional access controls to protect the data. But with the WAF, we can block countries such as North Korea, or we could stop any SQL Injection attempts, or even do a temporary block of IP in the case of detected brute-forcing.
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Pros
F5
  • So the product definitely is helping us for sudden attacks through DDOS, some injection ingestion into UI URLs, and definitely it's capturing those and I definitely see that as an advantage for us. They can stop the hackers from using our endpoints.
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Imperva
  • Alert Aggregation - Correlates different violations into perceived correlated attacks.
  • Ease of deployment - as one of the only WAFs that allow bridge mode deployment, this can be deployed with without downtime and no Network Architecture modifications. If the need for proxy is required at a later time, Transparent Reverse Proxy can be deployed within seconds and minimal configuration.
  • Custom Policies - Custom security policies are easy to configure.
  • Reporting - There are a good amount of pre-configured reports available by default.
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Cons
F5
  • We would like to see more use of this product in such a way that we can insert JavaScript so that we can understand the bot detection very well. I understand that it does bot detection, with some constraints, but we have to expand that bot detection very well to do fraud detection much better just like Google Recapture.
  • Second is the WAF product. Sometimes we are getting false positives just because in the scope of the applications we had to stop certain headers, HTP headers, and we would like to see if there is some kind of a way to enhance the product to use machine learning to do this automatically or suggest to do it automatically in the future.
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Imperva
  • The UI can use a little work (but is largely decent)
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Usability
F5
No answers on this topic
Imperva
There are just a couple of points that are hard to find, that probably could be elsewhere. But these are minor; everything else is right where you'd expect it to be.
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Support Rating
F5
No answers on this topic
Imperva
We haven't needed support from Imperva since implementation. But during that time, their personnel were very quick to respond to questions. Since then, it's been largely doing its thing for us (which is exactly what we'd hoped).
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Alternatives Considered
F5
F5 WAF provides much more control and has a lot of features that can be used to protect your applications. You can have granular configuration settings per application and disable attack signatures on very specific scenarios whenever is needed. Also, the logs are very detailed and helpful to analyze the requests.
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Imperva
Ultimately, it was the easiest to work with that was still a "known" company (we've been burned too many times by up-and-comers). We needed something that gave us a lot of control but then didn't need its handheld on a daily basis. Imperva gives us a lot of that and we are still able to navigate it with ease.
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Return on Investment
F5
  • This has been good overall. It has a positive impact on the security of our applications. I don't have necessarily a measurement on ROI, but it definitely definitely added to the security of our products.
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Imperva
  • Meet compliance requirements - Check.
  • Better Insight into web application - Absolutely great, checks all the traffic against RFC standards and will alert on common development mistakes that duplicate application traffic or provide attack vectors for potential attackers.
  • Have had several issues blocking a customer without producing alerts, while it happened only one week out of 2 years of working with the devices, it did produce a lot of headaches.
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