Reduce your Amazon WAF
costs with these tips

These proven tips can save you up to 30% on AWS costs!

* Savings are averaged out across customers & services

AWS WAF cost saving tips Optimize your AWS WAF costs with these tips


Review and Delete Rules

Regularly audit your AWS WAF rules, rule groups, and web ACLs. Eliminate those not in use using `delete-rule-group` and `delete-web-acl`. This action helps you avoid paying for unused resources.


Use Free Managed Groups

Maximize the use of AWS managed rule groups as they are free. Restrict paid rule groups for limited requests to optimize AWS WAF cost.


Implement Rate-Based Rules

Block requests from known bad sources once a certain threshold is crossed using rate-based rules. This reduces request volume to paid groups, saving cost compared to blocking every request.

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About AWS WAF Service information & pricing


AWS WAF is a security service that defends web applications against exploits and bots that pose risks to availability, security, and resource consumption. It facilitates the creation of security rules to control bot traffic and block attack patterns like SQL injection or cross-site scripting. AWS WAF lets users filter web requests, deter account takeover fraud, and manage WAF with APIs for automated rule creation and integration into development.

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AWS WAF pricing

AWS WAF pricing is based on the number of web ACLs, rules per ACL, and web requests received. No initial commitments are required. These charges are separate from those of Amazon CloudFront, AWS Cognito, ALB, Amazon API Gateway, and AWS AppSync. The cost depends on each web ACL, rule per ACL, web requests processed, and varies across AWS regions. It's billed hourly. Charges for CAPTCHA attempts, challenge responses, and rules in user-created rule groups added to the web ACL are additional.

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