Augusta County Public Schools

Augusta County Public Schools Mitigate Persistent DDoS Attack with Akamai’s Prolexic Routed Solution

"This attack made us realize we’re quite vulnerable to sophisticated threats that can be launched by anyone for very little money. Prolexic Routed brought things back to normal and gave us peace of mind."

Gary Bryant , Technology Coordinator , Augusta County Public Schools

The Situation

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.

The Challenge

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 Goals

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.

Why Akamai

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."

About Akamai

Akamai secures and delivers digital experiences for the world’s largest companies. Akamai’s intelligent edge platform surrounds everything, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, and secure. Top brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realize competitive advantage through agile solutions that extend the power of their multi-cloud architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps and experiences closer to users than anyone — and attacks and threats far away. Akamai’s portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatched customer service, analytics and 24/7/365 monitoring. To learn why the world’s top brands trust Akamai, visit www.akamai.com, blogs.akamai.com, or @Akamai on Twitter. You can find our global contact information at www.akamai.com/locations.