Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)

Practical Detection and Defense

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)

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Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have existed for almost as long as the commercial web itself, and they remain one of the most effective ways to disrupt online services. But, since many of these attacks go undisclosed, industry collaboration on ways to combat them has been slow to emerge. This ebook provides engineers and IT managers with techniques for detecting and mitigating ongoing and potential DDoS events.

Authors Rich Groves and Eric Chou explain how DDoS can disrupt services by flooding your network with traffic from many different sources, often by using a botnet. You’ll learn about the people behind these attacks and their motivations—such as criminals seeking financial gain, thrill and status seekers, and angry and disgruntled users—and ways that you can thwart them.

The techniques in this ebook enable small to mid-sized organizations to implement DDoS prevention measures on a budget—before the size of your infrastructure requires the services of a commercial DDoS vendor.

  • Get an overview of DDoS, including common attacks, botnet-driven attacks, and those that take advantage of IoT devices
  • Explore the pros and cons of current DDoS detection methods and mechanisms
  • Study the approach to DDoS mitigation at the network and application level, including ways to combat SYN Flood and Classic Flood attacks
  • Evaluate cloud-based DDoS detection and mitigation vendors to determine the best fit for your organization
  • Learn how to leverage community-based systems to construct a DDoS-focused Threat Intelligence system

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Eric Chou

Eric Chou

Eric Chou is a seasoned technologist with over 17 years of experience. He has helped manage some of the largest networks in the industry while working at Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. He is passionate about network automation, Python, and DDoS attack prevention. He shares this deep interest through his teachings as an instructor, blogger, and active contributor to some of the popular open source projects. Currently, Eric holds two patents in IP Telephony and is a principal engineer at A10 Networks with a focus on product research and development in the security field.

Rich Groves

Rich Groves is the Director of Research and Development at A10 Networks and the Principal Architect of its DDoS Mitigation Platform (Thunder TPS). Security and Network Monitoring have been a particular focus in his career over the last 20 years. While at Microsoft, Rich created the Microsoft DEMon SDN powered network monitoring platform which was later turned into a highly successful commercial product. He was a core member of the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit where we took down and disrupted many large scale botnets with systems that he created and ran for many years. Previous to Microsoft, Rich worked in high level engineering roles at Time Warner Cable, Endace, America Online, and MCI.