Web services specialist Akamai has launched a security service aimed at blocking most common types of online attacks.
The company said that its Kona Site Defender would provide a platform which can detect suspicious behaviour and stop possible attacks before they reach a server or site.
Acting as a firewall for web applications, Kona Site Defender detects patterns in user behaviour and flags unusual or suspicious requests. In doing so, the suite is able to block both conventional 'brute force' denial of service attacks as well as more sophisticated techniques which aim to cripple a site by targeting a specific resource.
The platform will also look to block SQL injection and other common techniques used to exploit vulnerabilities in web applications and gain access to customer data during targeted attacks.
While Akamai currently offers security protections through its web acceleration service, the company found that in some cases customers were still falling prey to web-based attacks on their systems.
John Summers, vice president of dynamic site solutions for Akamai, told V3 that customers often use the acceleration service for a few high-traffic sites, but leave other sites off the platform and therefore vulnerable to attack.
In one case, the company found that a vulnerable site had been compromised and then used to access the higher-value accelerated applications.
"It happened that one of those sites shared back-end infrastructure with one of the sites that was on Akamai's service," Summers explained.
In addition to serving as a dedicated web security offering, the Kona service will provide monitoring tools for customers. Administrators are able to view attacks as they happen and report possible intrusions via a web-based portal.
Akamai is offering the Kona Site Defender as a monthly service with pricing dependant on bandwidth usage.
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