“This one scrubbing center is now able handle twice as much volume as the largest DDoS attack recorded this year,” said Neal Quinn, vice president of Operations at Prolexic. “We’ve taken this step based on our own projections that show DDoS attacks increasing in frequency, size and complexity.”
When a DDoS attack on a customer’s web site begins, Prolexic re-routes all incoming site traffic through its cloud-based scrubbing centers before returning clean traffic back to the client’s network. As a result, Prolexic technicians can quickly mitigate a DDoS attack and bring the customer’s web site back online in minutes.
Located in Ashburn, Va., Prolexic’s newest scrubbing center is ideally positioned to help government agencies based in Washington, D.C. that host their web sites locally. Locating a scrubbing center close to where a web site is hosted can be beneficial when fighting the largest DDoS attacks. With the increase in global social unrest and “hacktivism”, Prolexic expects these attacks against government agencies to increase.
In Prolexic’s recently published Q3 2011 Global Attack Report, the company noted that attackers are now beginning to directly target DDoS mitigation appliances, which are vulnerable to high packet-per-second rates. “With this significant increase in mitigation capacity, Prolexic is taking a bold, proactive step in order to protect its customers as the size and speed of DDoS attacks continue to increase,” said Quinn. “It’s critical to always stay ahead of the curve.”
Prolexic’s own figures, compiled by its Security Engineering and Response Team, show that malicious traffic has averaged 2.39 Gbps so far this year. “These numbers are significant and show no sign of declining,” said Quinn.
A singular focus on DDoS mitigation
Prolexic is one of the few companies dedicating 100 percent of its investment toward DDoS mitigation. Many other providers offer DDoS mitigation as an add on service and often, multiple service lines share the same network infrastructure. This can be problematic during a massive DDoS attack. For example, a DNS provider or hosting services company may try to maintain network performance for other customers by routing the attacked company’s web traffic to a “black hole.” While this protects the provider’s core business lines and customers, the attacked company’s web site will likely be inaccessible until the attack is mitigated, which could take days. As a pure play, cloud-based DDoS mitigation provider, Prolexic does not have these conflicts of interest.
“DDoS mitigation is our only business and no other company is investing as heavily in fighting back against the escalating threat of these cyber attacks,” said Quinn. “Prolexic already has an industry leading mitigation network and these latest enhancements cement our position as the gold standard for DDoS mitigation.”
Prolexic is the world’s largest, most trusted Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation provider. Able to absorb the largest and most complex attacks ever launched, Prolexic restores mission critical Internet facing infrastructures for global enterprises and government agencies within minutes. Six of the world’s ten largest banks and the leading companies in e-Commerce, payment processing, travel/hospitality, gaming and other at-risk industries rely on Prolexic to protect their businesses. Founded in 2003 as the world’s first “in the cloud” DDoS mitigation platform, Prolexic is headquartered in Hollywood, Florida and has scrubbing centers located in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.prolexic.com.