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DDoS: A Comparison of Defense Approaches

Published: 13 November 2014

ID: G00268154

Analyst(s): Anton Chuvakin , Patrick Hevesi


Distributed denial of service attacks have risen in complexity, bandwidth and number of occurrences targeting enterprises. Organizations must architect their defenses with both cloud and on-premises defenses along with integrating DDoS responses into the current incident response process.

Table Of Contents



  • Introduction
    • Distributed Denial-of-Service Costs
    • Unique Attributes of DDoS Attacks
  • DDoS Attacks Today
    • Brief Attack Taxonomy
    • Commonly Seen DDoS Attack Types
    • Application-Layer DDoS
    • Attack Motivations
  • DoS Defense
    • DDoS Defense Triad: Resilience, Detection, Mitigation
    • DDoS Resilience
    • DDoS Detection
    • DDoS Mitigation
    • DoS Defense Architecture
    • DoS Defense Layers and the Shared Nature of DDoS Defense


  • Recommendations
    • Scenario 1 — Large Enterprise With Mission-Critical Website
    • Scenario 2 — Large Enterprise
    • Scenario 3 — Enterprise
    • Scenario 4 — SMB or Small Enterprise
    • Scenario 5 — Cloud-Hosted Website
    • Additional Recommendations

The Details

  • Vendors by Layer Details
    • A10 Networks
    • Akamai/Prolexic
    • Arbor Networks
    • Check Point
    • Corero Network Security
    • F5 Networks
    • Juniper Networks
    • Neustar
    • Radware
    • RioRey
    • Verisign

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