VeriSign adds DDoS monitoring service to its Internet Defense Network

VeriSign has announced the launch of a new monitoring-only service for distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

The cloud-based DDoS mitigation service is part of its monitoring service and an extension of the VeriSign Internet Defense Network, a network and hardware agnostic DDoS monitoring, mitigation and attribution service that detects and filters malicious traffic away from enterprise websites, that helps maintain critical online applications and services.

The Internet Defense Network uses a proprietary filtering technology to stop a DDoS attack in the cloud before it reaches a customer's network and requires no hardware installation.

VeriSign claimed that enterprises can use the DDoS monitoring-only service to enable identification of unusual site traffic patterns that may represent an oncoming attack – with easy cross-over to mitigation service if needed.

If an attack occurs, clients are notified immediately by a VeriSign Internet Defense Network technician who will seek input from the clients to determine if there is a legitimate cause for the increased traffic based on customer activity. VeriSign then provides clients with a recommended course of action.

In the case of a verified DDoS attack, the VeriSign Internet Defense Network can filter the client's web traffic, blocking virtually all malicious traffic while enabling legitimate traffic to reach its intended destination. Customers can see all this happen through a real-time portal.

Ken Silva, CTO of VeriSign, said: “Aided by a growing number of botnets and increased criminal sophistication, DDoS attacks against online businesses and applications are becoming larger and more frequent, making it extremely difficult for IT organisations to keep pace.

“Trying to manage a DDoS attack inside your network is a fruitless effort. There is no way to overprovision bandwidth. The hackers will always have more. Bad traffic from a DDoS attack needs to be filtered in the cloud before it ever reaches the customer's doorstep, thereby stopping the business from being held for ransom.”

Silva claimed that the addition of a DDoS monitoring-only service will help many companies that depend on online commerce and communication by providing a means of watching for changes in website traffic that may indicate an impending attack.

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