October 19, 2020

About Paul Nicholson

Paul Nicholson brings 24 years of experience working with Internet and security companies in the U.S. and U.K. In his current position, Nicholson is responsible for global product marketing and strategy at San Jose, Calif.-based application networking and security leader A10 Networks. Prior to A10 Networks, Nicholson held various technical and management positions at Intel, Pandesic (the Internet company from Intel and SAP), Secure Computing, and various security start-ups.

Recent posts by the Author

October 19, 2020

Hybrid Cloud Application Delivery in Financial Services

Changing customer needs and preferences are driving the evolution of a new financial services industry. As established incumbents compete head-to-head with digital-native competitors to deliver differentiated digital experiences, the speed, agility, and quality of service delivery has become critical for success. To support rapid innovation and digital transformation, financial services organizations are turning to public…

August 10, 2020

When the Internet of Things (IoT) is Armed as an IoT Botnet

Don’t Join the IoT Botnet Army When the Internet of Things (IoT) is weaponized to launch DDoS attacks, it’s called the DDoS of Things. The problem is that many consumer IoT devices can easily be hijacked and made part of such IoT botnets, which are then used to power bigger, smarter, and more devastating multi-vector…

July 27, 2020

Five Most Famous DDoS Attacks and Then Some

Updated: October 30, 2020 Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are now everyday occurrences. Whether you’re a small non-profit or a huge multinational conglomerate, your online services—email, websites, anything that faces the internet—can be slowed or completely stopped by a DDoS attack. Moreover, DDoS attacks are sometimes used to distract your cybersecurity operations while other…

July 14, 2020

What is a DDoS Attack (Distributed Denial of Service Attack)?

DDoS Attack Definition A Distributed Denial of Service attack, otherwise called a DDoS attack, is an assault on an online service that is, unfortunately, remarkably easy to mount and, if your cybersecurity team doesn’t have effective DDoS protection tools, these attacks are hard to counter. DDoS attacks are, at least in concept, simple: By sending…

July 10, 2020

What is Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB)?

For companies to deliver the best possible experience to users, they need to ensure always-on connectivity and reliable performance for business applications whenever and wherever they’re accessed. Global server load balancing (GSLB) helps you meet this requirement by providing load balancing, site failover, and web traffic management across multiple data centers and/or clouds. A core…

July 2, 2020

How do you Load Balance in a Hybrid or Multi-cloud World?

As hybrid cloud and multi-cloud infrastructures become the norm, organizations need to ensure that traffic is managed optimally across every environment they use to deliver the best experience for users and customers. Multi-cloud load balancing introduces new challenges beyond traditional on-premises load balancing, as companies often use a range of diverse on-premises, public cloud, and…

June 30, 2020

How do Layer 4 Load Balancing and Layer 7 Load Balancing Differ?

Load balancing is one of the most important functions of an application delivery controller (ADC), optimally distributing network traffic across servers to provide the best possible application performance and application availability. There are a few different ways this can be done; you’ll see references to layer 4 load balancing, layer 7 load balancing, and even…

June 24, 2020

AWS hit by Largest Reported DDoS Attack of 2.3 Tbps

Attack Shows it is Imperative for a DDoS Zero-Trust Approach and Continued Diligence We have reached another milestone with the largest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on record being reported by Amazon Web Services (AWS) at 2.3 Tbps in Q1 2020. This surpasses the last record attack by a whopping 70 percent. The previous…

June 17, 2020

What is High Availability Load Balancing?

Today’s enterprises are more dependent on their networks than ever. Trends like mobile broadband, multi-cloud and hybrid cloud, virtualization, remote work, and bring your own device (BYOD) enable employees to be productive from almost anywhere—as long as they have reliable connectivity. That puts tremendous pressure on IT to ensure high availability for mission-critical applications such…

March 19, 2020

Security in a Multicloud Environment

Vigilance and Responsibility Required for Multicloud Secure Application Delivery As companies leverage a multicloud strategy to improve IT operations and provide better services to their customers, they can’t afford to overlook the implications for security. This is especially true with the emergence of a new paradigm to run multiple disparate compute environments for application delivery.…