Augusta County Public Schools Mitigate Persistent DDoS Attack with Akamai’s Prolexic Routed Solution
Augusta County Public Schools, located in Verona, Virginia, operates the public school system in Augusta County, Virginia. The organization has a vision to empower every student in the county’s 20+ schools to become a life-long learner and a responsible, productive and engaged citizen within the global community.
Starting February 25, 2015 and lasting nearly a month, a Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDOS) attack hit the school’s ISP, Lumos Network. A UDP flood from a botnet was so intense that it completely swamped the schools’ inbound network pipe. To minimize damage, the ISP throttled bandwidth to the schools’ site. As a result, the school district’s network experienced sluggish performance, and no one could access key applications, information, and links, including those associated with SOL.
The Augusta County Public Schools needed to meet two key requirements to support its objectives:
Mitigate DDoS attacks: The district wanted to stop the current attack in an effective and lasting manner.
Ensure availability of critical resources: Augusta County needed to ensure access to resources for both staff and students, particularly the Standards of Learning online tests.
Going for the Best Solution
As Bryant explains, Augusta County Public Schools needed a solution provider that could absorb the hit and mitigate a DDoS attack, and Akamai’s name showed up prominently online. "We wanted the best solution possible – we couldn’t take the chance with one that might not work."
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