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security solutions specialist Imperva announced the availability of Cloud DDoS
Protection, a cloud-based service that is designed to safeguard small to
medium-size businesses from distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. By
subscribing to this service, businesses can help protect against the downtime, brand
damage and potential lost revenue caused by DDoS attacks, the company said.

The
service, powered by Imperva’s cloud-based subsidiary Incapsula, provides a
defense against all types of DDoS threats, including network-based attacks,
like SYN or UDP floods, and application attacks that attempt to overwhelm
server resources. In addition, Cloud DDoS Protection scales on-demand to stop
multi-gigabit denial-of-service attacks. Customers can provision the service by
changing their Website’s DNS setting, according to the company.

The
Security Operations Center (SOC) granularly tunes policies using collective
knowledge about DDoS threats, including new and emerging attack methods and
known malicious users. When under an attack, the Imperva SOC monitors
application performance to keep protected Websites accessible.

"Hackers
frequently tune DDoS attacks, and our service will help enterprises better
block one of the main weapons in a hacker’s arsenal. This year we’ve seen a
number of significant DDoS attacks that have caused significant down time for Websites,"
said Amichai Shulman, CTO of Imperva. "The Cloud DDoS service combines
scalable DDoS protection that is tuned in real time by a team of DDoS experts
with technology powered by Imperva’s cloud-based subsidiary Incapsula."

The
service also complements the capabilities of the SecureSphere Web Application
Firewall. While SecureSphere stops application DDoS attacks, attacks designed
to overwhelm organizations’ Internet connections are better dealt with before
they reach organizations’ networks, Shulman said. Cloud DDoS Protection scales
on-demand to protect against multi-gigabit attacks—much greater than many
enterprises’ Internet connections—and to avoid costly over-provisioning of
bandwidth.

"When
we were under a DDoS attack, our traffic went up 100-fold. Imperva Cloud DDoS
Protection stopped the attack and kept our site up and running. Imperva’s DDoS
Protection service is as cost-effective as it is powerful," explained Mark
Widman, a network administrator at Keystone RV.