Using ADC's to Effectively Mitigate DDoS Attacks
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Overview: Companies are in high alert to fight off Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attacks that can halt business and amount to a costly burden on companies and customers. DDoS attacks are increasing in volume, frequency, and sophistication, and they are targeting every level in the data center. Smart organizations are moving to defend not only their network, session, and application layers, but also their business logic and database tiers as well. In defense, today's enterprises are relying on their Application Delivery Controller (ADC), a strategic point of control that is both network- and application-aware, as a first-line of defense against targeted network-layer attacks and application-layer attacks, and to repel attacks aimed at business-logic levels.
This document examines various DDoS attack methods and the application of specific ADC technologies to block attacks in the DDoS threat spectrum while securely delivering applications and protecting the network, the session, and the user. It provides an overview of various attack types and specific technical insight on the application of ADC's to oppose and mitigate specific attacks and build a more complete and unified security platform.