Security company Arbor Networks has refreshed its distributed denial of service (DDoS) defence software for enterprise and service-provider networks as the impact of such attacks reaches new heights.
The update brings enhancements to businesses' locally stored servers as well as cloud components of the Arbor CloudSM software in a bid to protect enterprises against a wide range of DDoS attacks, including volumetric, application-layer, firewall targeting, blended and multi-vector DDoS attacks.
DDoS attacks are usually performed by botnets on a massive scale to overload a target network or server with requests, rendering it inaccessible to its users. They target specific organisations, such as enterprise or public, for personal or political reasons, or to extort payment from the target in return for stopping the attack.
"With DDoS protection from Arbor Cloud and the Pravail Availability Protection System, enterprises can deploy best-practice defence in a single solution, with tightly integrated mitigation from the enterprise premise to the cloud," said Arbor.
The security firm added that the Pravail tool software's ease of use will mean existing enterprise IT staff can keep control of any mitigations while allowing them to quickly alert the cloud when attacks reach a certain size that cannot be blocked locally.
Another feature included in the update is faster Cloud Signalling, where Arbor has reduced time to mitigation to up to five seconds.
"Cloud Signalling automates the connection between the on-premise Pravail solution and Arbor mitigation equipment in the Cloud. A cloud signal can be preset and trigger automatically when links reach a certain saturation point, or they can be done manually," Arbor explained, adding that its tighter integration with this release is the best way to ensure critical network resources are kept available.
Arbor's DDoS protection software refresh also brings in better malware threat detection, Arbor claimed, including "Inbound Reputation-based DDoS Protection",. This refers to in-depth analysis expanding the breadth of detection and blocking of various types of availability attacks based on the source of the traffic participating in known attacks.
"Inbound and Outbound Advanced Threat Protection" is also now included in the software, which applies global threat intelligence of Arbor's Atlas product and reputation-based research from Asert to block both inbound and outbound threats via domain and IP reputation.
The large-scale software update arrives as DDoS attacks are reportedly on the rise and getting increasingly prolific. Last month, Sony admitted that its PlayStation Network service was hit by a series of DDoS attacks.
The attack started at some point on 24 August when the president of Sony Online Entertainment John Smedley wrote on Twitter that the attack was occurring. The incidents have echoes of similar attacks that blighted Sony in 2011 when it lost customer data, which led to a £250,000 fine from the Information Commissioner's Office.
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