Cloud Services and the Threat to Availability – Storms On the Horizon

November 21, 2014

Today’s DDoS threats are both complex and highly sophisticated. They target the availability of networks, services and applications, often at the same time, through a multi-layered attack strategy. These attacks combine high-bandwidth assaults that overwhelm the capacity of enterprise data centers with low-bandwidth, hard-to-detect attacks aimed at bringing down critical applications.

This is especially concerning for providers that offer cloud services – where an attack on their infrastructure will cause a ripple effect to their own customers, not only shutting down availability of their services, but that of their customers’ services currently running in the cloud. Unfortunately, these attacks represent the most popular attack vector as their stealthy nature makes them harder to detect. By making critical applications inaccessible to those who rely on them, these attacks deliver a significant blow to business availability.

We recently hosted a Webinar where we discussed this very issue – the fact that, as more services move to the cloud, the accessibility of these services becomes absolutely critical, and thus, much more attractive targets to would-be attackers.  Arbor’s Rakesh Shah and Frost & Sullivan senior analyst Chris Rodriguez discussed this issue in depth, touching on the following:

  • The importance of mitigating business risk in light of the increased number of attacks targeting cloud services
  • The who, what, when, where and why of DDoS attacks targeting the application-layer, where many business-critical applications typically ‘live’
  • An overview of popular attack tools and methods currently in heavy use by attackers
  • Best practices defense for not only detecting these complex attacks, but mitigating them quickly before the damage is done

To view a replay of this Webinar, you can visit this link.

The slides are also available on SlideShare here: 


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