Defending Against Distributed Cyber Attacks: Inside Akamai’s DDoS Prevention


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I remember the day I first heard about DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks – it was a real eye-opener. Before that moment, I had no idea just how devastating a cyber attack could be. These attacks can cripple a business, causing it to lose valuable revenue and even customers. That’s why companies like Akamai are working round-the-clock to prevent these attacks from ever happening in the first place.

I have seen the damage that DDoS attacks can cause. That’s why I’m excited to share with you my inside knowledge of how Akamai is defending against these attacks. The strategies they use are cutting-edge and highly effective.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the different types of DDoS attacks and show you exactly how Akamai is preventing them from happening. You’ll also learn about the emotional and psychological hooks that cyber criminals use to launch successful DDoS attacks against businesses.

So buckle up, because we’re about to dive into the world of DDoS attacks and see how companies like Akamai are fighting to keep them at bay.

How does Akamai prevent DDoS?

Akamai’s approach to DDoS prevention is unparalleled in the industry. By utilizing a cloud and edge platform that is distributed to act as a reverse proxy, they are able to block malicious traffic before it ever reaches the targeted network. The platform has the ability to only allow traffic through ports 80 or 443, which stops many attacks before they even enter the network.

Some key methods that Akamai uses to prevent DDoS attacks include:

  • Utilizing a massive network of servers to help disperse attack traffic
  • Pre-configuring protections that focus on specific types of attacks
  • Rapid identification of attack traffic to provide zero-second SLA for monitoring and mitigation
  • One of the unique benefits of Akamai’s DDoS prevention strategy is that network layer DDoS attacks are immediately stopped at the edge of the network before they can even reach targeted servers. This provides an additional layer of protection and prevents attackers from having the time and resources to launch more sophisticated attacks.

    Overall, Akamai’s approach to DDoS prevention is highly effective and has allowed them to maintain their position as a leader in the industry.

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    1. Akamai uses a combination of sophisticated algorithms and machine learning techniques to quickly identify and neutralize DDoS attacks before they cause any damage.

    2. Akamai’s network of servers is spread across multiple geographic locations, which means that even if one server is targeted by an attack, the others can take over and keep websites and applications running smoothly.

    3. Akamai has a global team of security experts who are constantly monitoring its network for any signs of suspicious activity. They’re trained to spot DDoS attacks before they reach critical levels and can take action to prevent them from doing any damage.

    4. Akamai also offers a range of security solutions to protect businesses from cybersecurity threats, including web application firewalls, bot management, and threat intelligence services.

    5. As part of its DDoS prevention strategy, Akamai works closely with its customers to understand their unique security needs and comes up with customized solutions that fit their requirements. This approach ensures that businesses can get the targeted protection they need to stay safe from DDoS attacks.

    Overview of Akamai’s Cloud and Edge Platform

    Akamai Technologies is a leading cloud service provider that specializes in managing content delivery networks for businesses and organizations. Akamai has created the world’s most cloud and edge platform that is distributed to act as a reverse proxy that can only allow traffic through the ports of 80 or 443. By leveraging their global network of over 300,000 servers in more than 130 countries, Akamai’s cloud and edge platform offers businesses a fast, secure, and reliable way to deliver digital experiences to their customers.

    Reverse Proxy and its Role in Preventing DDoS

    A reverse proxy server is a server that sits between the client and the origin server, forwarding client requests to the origin server and returning responses to the client. One of the primary roles of a reverse proxy in preventing DDoS attacks is to act as a shield between the end client and the origin server. By acting as a gateway, the reverse proxy can filter out malicious traffic and requests, thus protecting the origin server from overload or crash.

    Restriction of Traffic to Ports 80 or 443

    Akamai’s cloud and edge platform is designed in such a way that it only allows traffic through the ports of 80 or 443. This ensures that only HTTP and HTTPS traffic is allowed through the network, which further prevents unwanted traffic such as SYN floods, ACK floods, and other UDP-based DDoS attacks. By limiting traffic to these ports, Akamai’s WAF (Web Application Firewall) can detect and block malicious traffic to prevent them from reaching the origin server.

    Immediate Stoppage of Network Layer DDoS Attacks at the Edge

    With Akamai’s cloud and edge platform, every network layer DDoS attack is immediately stopped on the edge, thanks to the help of a zero-second SLA. This means that attackers who launch attacks based on network layer DDoS attacks aren’t given a chance. Akamai’s DDoS mitigation strategy prioritizes the detection and blocking of malicious traffic at the edge, before it can reach the origin server. This ensures that the end-user experience remains as seamless as possible, without any disruptions or downtime.

    The Importance of a Zero-Second SLA in Combating DDoS Attacks

    SLA (Service-Level Agreement) is an agreement between the customer and the service provider that specifies a benchmark for the quality of service. With a zero-second SLA, Akamai is committed to stopping DDoS attacks at the edge of the network within seconds, ensuring that even large-scale attacks are detected and stopped before they can impact the end-user experience. This is incredibly crucial, as DDoS attacks can cause significant downtime, leading to loss of revenue, loss of customer trust, and negative brand reputation.

    Consequences for Attackers Attempting Network Layer DDoS Attacks

    Akamai has several mechanisms in place to deter attackers from attempting network layer DDoS attacks. By implementing restrictions on commonly exploited ports and filtering out malicious traffic, attackers will be less likely to attempt such attacks, knowing that they will be automatically detected and mitigated. Moreover, Akamai works closely with law enforcement agencies to track down and prosecute attackers who engage in DDoS attacks.

    Mechanisms and Technologies Used by Akamai to Prevent DDoS Attacks

    Akamai uses a variety of mechanisms and technologies to prevent DDoS attacks, including:

    • Cloud-based WAF that performs granular application-layer inspection and ensures application security against known vulnerabilities
    • Edge egress filtering and rate shaping, that detects and blocks unwanted traffic before it reaches the origin server.
    • Global threat intelligence feeds that use machine learning algorithms to identify and block malicious traffic in real-time
    • Anycast DNS that distributes traffic across multiple servers to minimize downtime and increase resilience against DDoS attacks
    • DDoS radar that can detect and analyze DDoS attacks in real-time

    In conclusion, Akamai’s cloud and edge platform is a leading solution for businesses and organizations that require secure and fast digital experiences for their customers. With built-in DDoS prevention mechanisms and a zero-second SLA, organizations that partner with Akamai can rest assured that their digital experiences will remain uninterrupted, even in the face of large-scale DDoS attacks.