Akamai Extends DDoS Protection With Prolexic Technology
VIDEO: Akamai's Chief Security Officer Andy Ellis explains how distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection is improving, even as the basic attack methods remain the same.Akamai is well-known in the Web world for its capabilities as a content delivery network (CDN) provider. Akamai is also a leading vendor in the IT security space with distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) capabilities that have recently been expanded, thanks to the $370 million acquisition of data center DDoS vendor Prolexic. In a video interview with eWEEK, Akamai Chief Security Officer Andy Ellis, explains how the Prolexic technology is now enhancing the DDoS mitigation capabilities at Akamai. Ellis also provides insight into the current generation of DDoS attacks, which surprisingly are not all that different from the DDoS attacks of 20 years ago. Ellis explained that what Akamai was able to do before the Prolexic acquisition was focused around Website defense. Prolexic's technology, in contrast, is about being able to protect data centers across multiple protocols. Akamai's customers will now be able to benefit from the Prolexic operations model as well as Akamai's network scale in defending against DDoS attacks. While the volume of DDoS attacks is now growing, Ellis noted that, from a tactics perspective, some of the same techniques used 20 years ago by attackers are still in play in 2014.
"20 years ago, we saw this myriad of reflection attacks," Ellis said. "Where people would send UDP packets against one set of systems that would reflect back at a target to create a DDoS condition."