Over the past 15 years, distributed denial of service attacks, or DDoS attacks, have become one of the chief threats to websites, servers and networks. DDoS attacks use malware to remotely control thousands of computers, or botnets, and cause them to send bogus requests to a specific target. Designed to overwhelm a machine or network resource and render it unavailable to users, DDoS attacks can cause severe damage to a company's operations, reputation, productivity, and bottom line.

Despite their frequency – by some estimates there are thousands of attacks carried out every day – it's difficult to defend against DDoS threats. Each year DDoS methods become more sophisticated, exploiting new vulnerabilities and finding ways around traditional firewalls. Recently, DDoS hackers have shifted from the network and transport layers to the application layer, taking advantage of layer 7 protocols. For companies that want to put superior solutions in place to defend against DDoS attacks, Akamai provides leading cloud-based enterprise solutions for DDoS protection.

DDoS solutions from Akamai

Akamai Kona Site Defender offers multi-layered defense against the increasing frequency, sophistication and scale of DDoS attacks. Some of the largest brands in the world rely on Akamai's trusted web security solutions to protect their online presence and ensure web performance.

Leveraging the power of Akamai Intelligent Platform™, Kona Site Defender extends web security beyond the data center without diminishing site performance or affecting availability. With the ability to detect, identify, and mitigate DDoS attacks before they reach the origin, this Akamai solution helps organizations minimize downtime, reduce costs and maintain web and application performance during attacks.

Kona Site Defender deflects network-layer DDoS traffic and absorbs application-layer DDoS traffic at the network edge to effectively stop attacks. To stop attacks in the cloud before they reach the customer origin, Kona Site Defender implements mitigation capabilities in-path. This solution also uses a highly scalable Web Application Firewall (WAF) that protects against application-layer attacks in HTTP and HTPS traffic, such as SQL injections and cross-site scripting (XSS).

Benefits of using Akamai for DDoS attacks

Companies can rely on Akamai Kona Site Defender in order to:

  • Reduce downtime and business risk by fending off the largest DDoS attacks.
  • Maintain performance during attacks thanks to Akamai's globally distributed architecture.
  • Protect against new and evolving threats with Kona Rules, which are regularly updated by the Akamai Threat Intelligence Team.
  • Reduce the risk of data theft using the highly scalable Web Application Firewall.
  • Reduce costs of achieving web security.