What is DDoS Mitigation?

DDoS mitigation is a sequence of activities aimed at diminishing the impact of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and successfully protect against them. As modern cyberattacks become more and more advanced, DDoS mitigation helps to provide multiple layers of security and extends beyond the data center, detecting and reducing DDoS attacks.

What happens in a DDoS attack

Though DDoS are one of the older cyberthreats, they have become more advanced in recent years. They happen when hackers manage to remotely control computer “bots”, otherwise known as systems that have been taken over with malware. They then direct thousands of these computers to send requests to one target, for example a website or application. This causes a traffic flood and leads servers to crash, preventing genuine visitors from gaining access.

Previously, DDoS threats would only attack the upper layers of the OSI model – the transport and network layers. Today, they have the potential to attack at the bottom layer, the application level, which means they can attack on a much larger scale.

How DDoS mitigation works

A DDoS attack mitigation solution works by deflecting DDoS traffic in one of the outer layers – the network layer. This helps to absorb any potential application layer DDoS traffic at the network edge. This means that the threat can be prevented in the cloud before it reaches the customer origin.

Akamai’s Kona Site Defender works by applying web and application protection with an intelligent platform. This platform has more than 137,000 servers in 87 countries and is aided by a Web Application Firewall (WAF). A WAF provides additional protection against these deeper level application layer attacks in both HTTP and HTTPS traffic.

The benefits of an intelligent DDoS Mitigation System

By having a platform which detects attacks at the application layer, enterprises can scale their protection to meet their needs in line with their own company growth. This helps to reduce costs associated with web security without compromising web performance.

With the Akamai Site Defender, enterprises can:

  • Reduce downtime and minimize business risk with a DDoS mitigation solution that can deflect and absorb the largest DDoS attacks.
  • Maintain web site and application performance throughout attacks with Akamai's globally distributed architecture.
  • Minimize costs associated with web security.
  • Protect against new and evolving threats by relying on Kona Rules, which are regularly updated by Akamai's Threat Intelligence Team.
  • Reduce the risk of data theft with Akamai Web Application Firewall.

As website threats continue to advance and penetrate modern security systems, enterprises become more vulnerable. Data breaches, whether they affect the customer, the enterprise, or both, can diminish a company’s reputation and potentially lead to lost revenue.

By implementing the Akamai Kona Site Defender system, enterprises will protect their stakeholders with a cost-effective alternative to traditional web security. Akamai has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands to protect them against these threats, and can help your enterprise to prosper too.