What is the AWS web application firewall? and Apply for AWS WAF in 2022

What is the AWS web application firewall?

AWS WAF is a web application firewall that helps to protect your web application or API from common web exploits and other dangerous bots that can affect availability, compromise security, or consume excessive resources.

AWS web application firewall (full form – AWS WAF) gives you control over how your traffic reaches your applications, allowing you to create security rules that control the bot’s traffic and prevent common attack patterns, such as SQL injection or cross-site scripting.

You can also customize the rules that filter out specific traffic patterns. You can quickly start using Managed Rules for AWS WAF, a pre-configured set of rules managed by AWS or AWS Marketplace Sellers to address issues such as OWASP Top 10 security risks and automated bots that consume additional resources, may cause skewed metrics, or downtime. These rules are updated regularly as new issues emerge.

AWS web application firewall includes a full-featured API that you can use to automate the creation, deployment and maintenance of security rules.

You can use Amazon CloudFront to deploy AWS WAFs as part of your CDN solution, the application load balancer that runs on your web server or origin server running EC2, the Amazon API Gateway for your REST APIs, or your GraphQL APIs. It is running on AWS AppSync.

With AWS web application firewall, you only pay for what you use and pricing is based on how many rules you enforce and how many webs requests your application will receive.

Features and Benefits

  • Tight protection against web attacks.
  • Save time with managed rules
  • Will get better web traffic visibility.
  • Ease of deployment and maintenance.
  • Easily monitor, block, or rate-limit bots.
  • Provide security integrated with how you develop applications.

How does AWS WAF Works?


AWS WAF uses Web Access Control Lists (ACLs) to protect a set of AWS resources, and when you create a Web ACL and define its security strategy by adding rules, these rules are used to monitor web requests. defines the criteria. and specify how to handle requests that match the criteria.

You set default action for the Web ACL that indicates whether to block or allow requests that observe the rules. After you have created your web ACL and defined the rules, you are free to associate it with one or more AWS resources.

The resource types you can protect by using the AWS web application firewall web ACL are as follows.

  • Amazon CloudFront Distribution
  • Amazon API Gateway REST API
  • The application load balancer and
  • AWS AppSync GraphQL API

It helps to protect your PHP applications, Linux and Windows platforms with custom rules provided to protect your applications based on need.

CloudFront-Core-Linux, CloudFront-Core-Windows, and CloudFront-Core-PHP provide protection for your worldwide CloudFront resources.

What is AWS Web Application Firewall Pricing?

You are charged for each web ACL you create, and for each rule, you create one per web ACL. In addition, you will be charged for the number of web requests processed by the web ACL. Pricing is the same across all AWS regions. Monthly fees are hourly proportional. Given below is the price of AWS WAF Classic.

Resource TypePrice
Web ACL$5.00 per month (prorated hourly)
Rule$1.00 per month (prorated hourly)
Request$0.60 per 1 million requests

How to Apply for AWS web application firewall (AWS WAF)?

To apply or Get started with AWS WAF, you must follow the step below.

Step 1: First of all, visit the official website of AWS WAF.

Step 2: Then Click on the ‘Create a free account and fill out all required details such as Root email address, AWS account name, password and others. and verify your email.

AWS web application firewall
AWS web application firewall

Step 3: After that, enter your contact information name, phone number, address and others.

Step 4: Now Add your payment methods such as Debit card/credit card, expiration date and others. Click on the Secure submit.

Step 5: once you complete it, verify your phone number, your identity and all required details. Select your plan and submit the application for WAF.

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