Rates Dashboard

Use the Rates dashboard to analyze recently rate limited requests to:

Logging for rate limited requests is downsampled to 10% due to the volume of requests that may occur during a single incident (e.g., volumetric Distributed Denial-of-Service attack).

Log data is retained for 30 days for most WAF solutions. The exception is WAF Insights which only retains data for 7 days.

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The Rates dashboard contains two different views through which rate limit analysis may be performed, which are:

To view the Rates dashboard

  1. Navigate to the Rates dashboard (Rates tab of the Overview page). ClosedHow?From the main menu, navigate to More | Security | WAF Tier | Dashboard. Click Rates.

    The Rates dashboard will display a chart showing recent violations of your security policy.

  2. Optional. View event log data by clicking Event Logs from the side navigation bar. Verify that the Rates tab is selected.


The Overview is a useful tool for detecting patterns for rate limited traffic directed to your origin servers. This view consists of a chart and statistics for a given time period.


A chart or line graph displays the number of rate limited requests over a given time period.

By default, a single line on the graph represents all downsampled rate limited traffic. Alternatively, categorize rate limited traffic by selecting the desired categorization criteria from the option that appears directly above the graph. A line will be drawn on the chart for each unique value. For example, if you select Top Action Types and rate limited requests were either dropped or redirected, then the graph will contain a line for REDIRECT-302 and another one for DROP-REQUEST.

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Statistics for rate limited traffic over a given time period are displayed directly below the chart. Statistics are broken down by category.

View a brief description for each category.

The following information is displayed for each category:

Event Log View

This view provides the means to delve into the details of a rate limited request. The information derived from this view provides a deeper understanding as to why rate limiting was applied to the request.

The event log contains a list of recent rate limited requests. Each request is described as follows:

A sample rule violation is provided below.

Enforced Rule: Marketing 10s ago 12:00:00.00 UTC


Clicking on an event will expand that entry and display detailed information about it.

View a brief description for each event log entry field.

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Filters are applied to both the Overview and the Event Log views. Most fields support filtering.

The Overview and the Event Log views cannot be filtered by the Timestamp field. Use the Time Range option instead. This option filters the dashboard for events that occurred during a relative time period from the present (e.g., Last 24 hours or Last 7 days).

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A brief description for each field used to describe/categorize rate limited requests is provided below.

Field Description
Client IP

Identifies the IP address (IPv4) of the client from which the request originated.

Country Name

Identifies the country from which the request originated.

Action Type

Indicates the action (e.g., CUSTOM-RESPONSE) that was applied to the rate limited request.


Indicates the request’s referrer as defined by the Referer request header. A referrer identifies the address of the resource that linked to the requested content.

Request Method

Indicates the request's HTTP method.




Rule Name

Indicates the name of the rule that was applied to the rate limited request.


Indicates the date and time (UTC) at which the request was rate limited.

This field is only available from within the Event Log view. Requests may not be filtered by this field. Filter by time through the Time Range option that appears on the left-hand side of the dashboard.

Local time is displayed on the right-hand side of the event log entry header that appears directly above this field.


Indicates the URL of the request that was rate limited.

User Agent

Indicates the user agent that submitted the request that was rate limited. A request's user agent is defined in the User-Agent request header.