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Cogeco Peer 1 releases cloud-based DDoS protection

Cogeco Peer 1 releases cloud-based DDoS protection 

The company’s AppArmor provides businesses will an added line of defence by blocking application layer attacks. These attacks, also known as Layer 7 attacks, target vulnerabilities in an application or server in order to establish a connection with the network to eventually grab control of processes and transactions.

DDoS attacks typically flood the targeted machine or resource with superfluous requests in order to overload the system and prevent it from conducting legitimate processes. The aim is to temporarily or indefinitely deprive users of network resources.

In a DDoS attack, the flood of online traffic comes often comes from hundreds of thousands of sources. This makes it impossible to stop the attack by just blocking a single IP address and it also becomes very difficult to tell legitimate traffic from malicious traffic.

“DDoS attacks are becoming easier to deploy, making them more difficult to prevent and trace,” said Manish Godhia, director for product management at Cogeco Peer 1. “Organizations need to embrace more globally scalable and distributed solutions that offer broad DDoS mitigation capacity in light of advances in attack strategies that use IoT-bots or target applications. That’s where Cogeco Peer 1’s DDoS Shield product, now with AppArmor, comes in.”

Recent incidents such as the 2016 Mirai attack on Dyn Inc., which targeted sites Netflix and Twitter highlight the threat posed by Internet of Things (IoT)-based bots. With the number of IoT devices sitting at 8.4 billion according to Gartner and only poised to grow, a robust DDoS defense that goes beyond perimeter-only solutions is clearly a priority for businesses, said Godhia.

Paired with DDoS Shield, Cogeco Peer 1 DDoS AppArmor customers benefit from: 

  • Cloud-based, best-in-class managed DDoS mitigation and Web Application Firewall protection
  • Unlimited protection with multiple geographically dispersed DDoS mitigation centers offering 1Tbps total capacity
  • Systems monitored and managed 24×7 by top cybersecurity experts
  • Detects, routes and mitigates Layer 3 (Network), Layer 4 (Transport), and Layer 7 (Application) DDoS attacks in under a minute
  • High availability for application through automated DNS routing
  • Customer control center dashboard with detailed attack and threat report analytics

The AppArmor integrates with Cogeco Peer 1’s DDoS Shield product.

The DDoS Shield service provides security, including DDoS prevention, and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption. It safeguards applications and networks against known and pending network security threats such as:

  • Internet pipe saturation
  • Attacks on login pages
  • Attacks on Content Delivery Networks (CDNs)
  • SSL-based flood attacks

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