Adding WAF service to my website

I would like to know if I can have a WAF (web application firewall) service in digital ocean to protect and filter the web attacks for my web servers that are hosted on digital ocean, I’m aware of the existing firewall service, but it only works as access control list. So, does digital ocean provide WAF service?

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James Love
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December 21, 2023

Haltdos have a WAF available in the DigitalOcean Marketplace as a 1-Click Droplet. It is available as a free community edition as well as paid Pro version

Site Moderator
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August 31, 2023

You can implement a WAF on your own by using various open-source tools or third-party services on your droplets. You can consider tools such as ModSecurity that provide WAF functionality. Alternatively, you can utilize external WAF services provided by Cloudflare, Sucuri, or StackPath.

Please be aware that these setups would be outside the scope of DigitalOcean’s support, but don’t worry. We have an extensive community library of tutorials which might help you in setting up these services.

Bobby Iliev
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August 13, 2023

Hi there,

Indeed you are correct, the DigitalOcean Cloud Firewalls are a network-based, stateful firewall service for Droplets rather than WAFs. Cloud firewalls block all traffic that isn’t expressly permitted by a network rule.

If you want to see a managed WAF solution, the best thing to do to get your voice heard regarding this would be to head over to our Product Ideas board and post a new idea, including as much information as possible for what you’d like to see implemented.

For the time being, I could suggest using Cloudflare. They offer a free account and have a managed WAF service.

Hope that helps!

- Bobby.

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