IP Guardian – Preventing a DDOS attack

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With many SMEs now relying on the internet for business, the uptime of their website and applications becomes of paramount importance. Unfortunately there may be people who intend to do harm to your business or target your website for their own gain and cause disruption to it, the most popular way to do this is via a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. Only last year Paypal revealed that hackers had cost them (and by extension the businesses that use their services) £3.5m in a series of DDOS attacks.

A DDOS attack typically involves an attacker using thousands of compromised PCs to ‘spam’ your website with incomplete or malformed page requests. The result is that the website’s hosting environment gets clogged up with bad requests and ceases to function, causing a lengthy outage. This can mean a loss of traffic and potentially a loss of customers. Colt therefore understands that risk mitigation and peace of mind are high on the list of technology priorities for businesses of all sizes.

To combat this specific problem Colt have developed IP Guardian a package that resides on the network and can help protect your website by stopping an attack before it even reaches your site. While Firewalls may block some attacks, they can’t usually stop DDoS, and situated at the customer site they can’t stop the DDoS traffic from flooding your pipes even if they can block it. Advanced monitoring helps to identify threats quickly and take the fight upstream to the attack’s origin.

When you consider that Colt owns its network and that IP Guardian is deployed strategically across multiple locations, you can feel secure in the knowledge that any loss of traffic or downtime for both your site and IP Guardian is highly unlikely.

To find out more about IP Guardian, visit our website here.

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Colt Technology Services

20 January 2013

 

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