Akamai’s new cloud firewall capabilities aim to protect network edge

Content delivery network (CDN) and cloud security services provider Akamai Technologies has added a network cloud firewall capability to its cloud-based DDoS platform, Akamai Prolexic.

The new feature is designed to allow Akamai’s customers to define and manage their own firewall rules and access control lists (ACLs) —lists of permissions for resources in a computer system or network —to streamline security for their network edges.

“Eliminating bad traffic is possible because Prolexic sits between our customers’ networks and the internet, and shields applications and systems regardless of where they are deployed: on-premises, in a data center, a public cloud, hybrid cloud, or a colocation facility,” said Sven Dummer, the company’s product marketing director, in a blog post.

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