As enterprises push more of their business transactions to the Internet, they expose critical data and operations to the threat of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. These attacks are becoming more sophisticated -- exploiting different layers of security vulnerabilities and rendering traditional security controls ineffective. Moreover, the unique nature of each DDoS attack makes planning, monitoring, mitigation and post-incident analysis complex and can cause a significant resource drain on any organization. To address these challenges, Akamai introduced Akamai DDoS Defender which builds on the Company's massively distributed platform and proven ability to protect key online assets and prevent DDoS attacks from making Web sites unavailable.
Akamai DDoS Defender bundles multi-layered security capabilities with Akamai's team of world-class DDoS service professionals to provide a unified approach to counteracting the growing number of DDoS attacks. The solution offers an evolving set of Akamai's industry-leading cloud security capabilities designed to protect against a variety of DDoS attacks. It also includes services to support customers in all phases - before, during and after DDoS attacks to ensure rapid execution and efficient response.
"Distributed denial-of-service attacks attempt to make a Web site unavailable to their intended users. In recent months we've seen a significant increase in the number, size, and sophistication of these types of attacks -- the impact of which can extend long past the immediate loss of revenue, resources and productivity to cause damage to brand equity and customer trust," explained Andy Ellis, chief security officer, Akamai. "Our ability to protect our customers from DDoS attacks is a major differentiator for Akamai, and it is a result of the capabilities built into our highly distributed Akamai Intelligent Platform, which is designed to allow us to meet assaults closer to where they are originating and absorb malicious traffic before site performance is impacted."
Also newly available to customers are the Akamai Compliance Management solutions. These offerings are intended to help customers reduce the complexity and associated costs of ensuring their companies are in compliance with information security standards and regulations. Consisting of five distinct modules, the service provides supporting tools and documentation to streamline compliance initiatives within the following industry frameworks:
-- HIPAA - Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act -- PCI DSS - Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard -- FISMA - Federal Information Security Management Act -- ISO - International Organization for Standardization Code of Practice for Information Security Management (ISO 27001/27002) -- BITS - The Financial Services Roundtable Technology Policy Division
"With the increasingly sophisticated and malicious attempts to breach IT security, industry standards and regulatory statutes to protect data have become more complex, making the compliance process much more demanding," continued Ellis. "Akamai's Compliance Management solutions are designed to help our customers simplify the process of meeting these often arduous information security reporting and auditing requirements."
At the foundation of both new offerings is the Akamai Intelligent Platform, which delivers as much as 30 percent of global Web traffic on any given day. By transforming the chaos of the Internet into a predictable, scalable, and secure platform for business, Akamai provides the security, scalability, and visibility customers require to more easily and cost-effectively secure web properties and assist in complying with industry standards as they move more mission-critical applications to the cloud.
For more information about Akamai's security and compliance management capabilities, please visit the Akamai' DDoS Defender Product Page, the Akamai' DDoS Defender Security Microsite or www.akamai.com/compliance.
Akamai' is the leading cloud-based platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences to any device, anywhere. At the core of the Company's solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform(TM) providing extensive reach, coupled with unmatched reliability, security, visibility and expertise. With solutions for connecting an increasingly mobile world, supporting 24/7 consumer demand for commerce and entertainment, and enabling enterprises to securely leverage the cloud, Akamai empowers its customers to transform and reinvent their online businesses. To learn more about how Akamai is accelerating the pace of innovation in a hyperconnected world, please visit www.akamai.com and follow @Akamai on Twitter.