The DDoS Dispatch - the latest denial of service DoS and DDoS news
Issue 9, January 2014
The DDoS Dispatch - the latest denial of service DoS and DDoS news
Executive Series White Paper: Man, Machine and DDoS Mitigation

Can automated DDoS mitigation appliances alone stop today’s large, brute force DDoS attacks from bringing down your website? The answer is no. Attackers can overwhelm and sidestep static devices in several ways. In Prolexic’s experience, all the tools available today to fight against DDoS attacks are missing the most important part of the solution – the experience of an expert security engineer. Human eyes and creativity will continue to prove to be the best method to mitigate attacks launched by live attackers.

“DDoS attacks are live and dynamic – often with a human attacker at the helm planning and executing attacks and counterattacks in real-time in an effort to outwit the DDoS mitigation effort. As such, the signatures, bandwidth, encryption and size of DDoS attacks can change constantly while the attack is ongoing.

“Unfortunately, no automated system currently exists that can identify every DDoS attack and adjust the defense in real-time each time the attacker modifies a signature. Because DDoS attacks are launched by human attackers, only a human DDoS mitigator has the intelligence, experience and creative decision-making abilities for effective DDoS mitigation.”

Find out why you need human cyber security expertise in today’s DDoS threatscape

Prolexic has published a new white paper, Man, Machine and DDoS Mitigation: A Case for Human Cyber Security Expertise, which focuses on the current DDoS threatscape and the benefits of a DDoS mitigation approach that incorporates expert human management during the attack versus reliance upon automated DDoS mitigation and traffic analysis tools alone.

In this white paper, Prolexic provides practical information that will help you:

  • Understand the current and future DDoS threatscape
  • Learn the capabilities and limitations of specific types of DDoS mitigation appliances
  • Find out how live attackers overwhelm automated systems
  • Understand the weaknesses of the new breed of intelligent DDoS mitigation devices
  • Avoid blocking legitimate traffic when under attack
  • Learn about Prolexic’s Security Operations Center

Download the white paper, Man, Machine and DDoS Mitigation: A Case for Human Cyber Security Expertise

If you have questions about DDoS mitigation equipment and how to integrate it as part of your anti-DDoS strategy, Prolexic can help. Contact us at DDoSDispatch@prolexic.com to arrange an analysis of your preparedness for DDoS attacks and ensure that your network is protected.