Picture this: your services get taken out by a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. In the always on, on-demand world, customers won’t tolerate any downtime, even just a few seconds. Allowing it to happen opens the door for your customers to flee to your competitors.
Along with the loss of customer satisfaction, you’re stuck with a financial loss and the lasting reputation damage that arrives in the wake of a security attack. Duncan Hughes, System Engineering Director, EMEA, A10 Networks offers his advice on how to protect yourself, your network and your services from the modern, sophisticated attacks that are the scourge of today’s 24/7 web
It’s every service provider’s nightmare: getting knocked offline by a DDoS attack. You need to protect yourself. DDoS protection comes in many shapes and forms, but for the best defence you should seek out a solution that can scale to defeat the DDoS of Things, the colossal Internet of Things-fuelled DDoS attacks that have become the norm. DDoS attacks have exceeded the 1 Tbps threshold for the first time on record, and it’s now estimated that there will be at least one 1 Tbps or larger attack per month this year. Scalable protection from volumetric attacks is a must.
Expose Encrypted Threats
Threat actors are getting sneakier. While many organisations rely on encrypted traffic to keep sensitive data private, these attackers are using it to hide their malware. The thinking behind it is, if it’s concealed in encrypted traffic, it can go undetected. And that’s mostly true. Service providers need security solutions that shine a light on this critical network blind spot and expose malicious threats hidden in encrypted traffic. Once these threats are exposed, they can be mitigated. Solutions that decrypt and inspect encrypted traffic are an imperative.
Traditional firewalls only get the job partially done. Service providers need solutions that pack a real punch and marry more than one capability. A converged firewall is the answer. Adding more services into a firewall streamlines your network by consolidating security and application networking into a single, high-performance solution. With a convergent firewall, you can get a secure web gateway, data centre firewall, Gi/SGi firewall and IPsec VPN all in one solution for well-rounded, thorough protection. To earn customer trust, service providers must ensure their networks and their services are secure. Using these solutions will help service providers deliver their services without interruption from security issues.