Why Akamai Cloud Security for DDoS Protection?

Akamai’s DDoS protection service is designed to stop even the largest, strongest DDoS attacks.

DDoS attacks are growing bigger and more complex. Today’s denial of service attackers can easily send 300 gigabits per second of malicious traffic to their targets. That’s much too much to handle for a local network appliance, an Internet service provider (ISP), and even many cloud-based solutions. If your organization depends on a website or Internet-facing infrastructure, the best DDoS protection service can provide peace of mind and reduce business risk.

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No other company can match the DDoS protection that Akamai delivers every day to our customers with best in class DDoS protection.

Best DDoS protection: Large, mature global DDoS mitigation network

Akamai’s cloud security solutions are backed by multiple independent globally distributed networks to provide defense in depth for critical applications and infrastructure. These include DDoS protection for:

  • Web protection - Akamai's Edge network includes more than 175,000 servers deployed across more than 1,300 networks and 108 countries, and has seen record-setting traffic of 33.1 Tbps. The globally distributed resources of the Edge network have enabled Akamai to absorb the largest DDoS attacks in the cloud while maintaining the best web experience for users.
  • Infrastructure protection - Akamai's Prolexic network provides a dedicated DDoS mitigation network with more than 2.8 Tbps of attack mitigation bandwidth. The Prolexic network includes six scrubbing centers around the world with network capacity distributed among multiple Tier 1 carriers. This capacity gives our DDoS protection service a substantial advantage over an ISP that must rely only on its own backbone.
  • DNS protection - To protect your authoritative DNS services, Akamai's DNS network comprises thousands of name servers deployed across more than 200 networks and 28 countries.

Best DDoS protection: Geographically distributed protection

Our global DDoS mitigation network is comprised of six scrubbing centers located strategically around the world to protect Internet-facing infrastructures against all known types of DDoS attacks at the network, transport and application layers. Our DDoS filtering techniques, advanced routing, and anti-DoS hardware devices remove DDoS traffic close to the source of the botnet activity.

For non-routed DDoS protection, as well as DNS protection, our more than 175,000 servers and 1,300 network locations in more than 100 countries can maintain website availability and performance during DDoS attacks leveraging our globally-distributed architecture.

Best DDoS protection: 24/7/365 SOCs and experienced DDoS mitigation staff

It’s simply not enough to rely exclusively on automated anti-DDoS tools or bandwidth reserves for DDoS detection and protection. That’s what really separates Akamai from other DDoS mitigation service providers. Since 2003, our DDoS mitigation staff has successfully mitigated some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated DDoS attacks. With more than 100 security experts holding more than 200 cloud security certifications, the Akamai global Security Operations Centers (SOCs) operate five locations around the world to better support our customers 24/7/365. Each SOC provides you with the best DDoS protection at all times, with local language support.

Best DDoS protection: On-the-fly response to attack signature and vector changes

Our SOCs are staffed with engineers around the clock and respond in real-time. The skills and always-on availability of our SOC engineers are critical because many DDoS denial of service attacks are concerted efforts by live attackers and, as a result, the characteristics of the DDoS attack can change during the attack.

Success against the most sophisticated DDoS hackers can only be achieved by responding in real time and supplementing automated anti-DoS tools with eyes-on-glass human expertise. Our staff use their expertise to distribute DDoS attack loads and combat novel and hybrid attacks.

Best DDoS protection: Broad capacity to mitigate the biggest, strongest DDoS floods

We have mitigated some of the largest DDoS attacks launched in the world, including a record-setting 321 Gbps attack, and a 700,000 request per minute application layer attack, the kinds of attacks that typically bring down websites, along with low and slow encrypted Layer 7 attacks that cripple applications. And this is really important – because of this immense anti-DDoS bandwidth, it means that we can provide DDoS protection services for multiple clients and fight multiple DDoS attacks at once.

Best DDoS protection: Protection for every known type of DDoS attack, including encrypted traffic

Our cloud-based DDoS protection solutions mitigate DDoS attacks at every layer including Layers 3, 4 and 7. We even have a proven solution against encrypted attacks that vandalize HTTPS traffic in real time. Often DDoS attackers who see traffic has been re-routed through our DDoS mitigation network quickly abandon their attacks – they know they do not have the capacity to overcome our DDoS protection.

Best DDoS protection: Fast DDoS detection and DDoS mitigation

If you use our DDoS detection and system monitoring services, you will have the peace of mind that we will monitor, detect and begin to mitigate all types of DDoS attacks immediately. By combining the best of automated technology and human expertise with the assurance of our always-on DDoS protection, we can respond to and stop DDoS attacks faster.

Our SOC personnel detect DDoS denial of service attacks by monitoring your network traffic at multiple levels, passing through multiple networks at multiple locations.

Upon detecting network traffic anomalies, our SOC personnel perform impact analyses and notify you of conditions that could threaten your networks. You can also view your network traffic at any time using the Luna portal.

When warranted, the SOC provides a clear recommended DDoS mitigation action plan, which may include switching to immediate DDoS protection by re-routing your network traffic through our global DDoS mitigation network, or setting up new filtering rules.

Why Akamai Cloud Security for DDoS protection?

Quite simply, the DDoS attacks that often overwhelm others – either in size or speed – are mitigated by Akamai experts successfully – and fast.

Regardless of what you need to protect - websites, data centers, infrastructure or DNS, we have a cloud security solution to fit your needs.

Why Akamai Cloud Security for DDoS protection?

  • The largest and most mature global DDoS mitigation network
  • Geographically distributed DDoS scrubbing centers
  • 24x7x365 SOC and large, experienced DDoS mitigation staff
  • On-the-fly response to attack signature and vector changes
  • Capacity to mitigate even the biggest, strongest DDoS floods
  • Expertise to stop every type of DDoS attack, including encrypted traffic
  • Service level agreements guarantee DDoS mitigation in minutes