DDoS Defense Demands a Hybrid Approach

Picture this: a DDoS attack is crushing your network. Your enterprise’s internet pipe is under siege and almost to capacity. There’s nowhere else for traffic to go, making it impossible for legitimate user traffic to get through.

What’s the result?

The attack is successful. Your network or services fall down. You lose productivity and revenue. And your brand is damaged. You’re left picking up the pieces.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Had the enterprise in this scenario employed a hybrid approach, it would’ve been back to business as usual once the attack was mitigated.

How? By swinging traffic to the cloud to be scrubbed.

The most effective way to battle DDoS attacks is with a hybrid approach that marries cloud and on-premise protection that can stand up to attacks.

Why Hybrid?

Hybrid DDoS defense is the best of both worlds. It combines cloud scrubbing with the surgical precision and context-aware controls of an always-on, instant on-premise DDoS solution. When DDoS attack volumes grow beyond the capacity of your internet pipe, it diverts traffic to the cloud maintaining service availability.

With this powerful combination, you can defend against frequent smaller and sophisticated attacks that target applications, services and security devices and the colossal 1 Tbps volumetric attacks that crush companies and make for compelling headlines.

Blending cloud and on-premise DDoS defense ensures network exhaustion and application layer attacks are caught, and it eliminates mitigation errors that cause collateral damage to legitimate traffic and users. And the whole point of DDoS defense is to ensure legitimate traffic and users get through, right?

Hybrid DDoS users also get the benefit of cloud scrubbing while maintaining the operator control of an on-premise solution, which delivers the application protection that cloud scrubbing alone cannot.

At the same time, hybrid DDoS defense eliminates the added expense of using cloud scrubbing alone. Some cloud scrubbing services charge based on the total amount of traffic diverted. That’s unnecessarily costly, because you end up paying not only for the legitimate traffic you’re seeking to protect, but also for the massive volumes of attack traffic. A hybrid solution kicks to the cloud only when the always-on on-premise solution is overwhelmed, and you only pay for cloud scrubbing as you use it.

A Complete Hybrid DDoS Solution

A10 Networks today launched the A10 DDoS Protection Cloud, an on-demand cloud DDoS scrubbing solution that gives our customers full spectrum DDoS protection when combined with the precise, surgical defense of our on-premise Thunder TPS solutions.

A10 DDoS Protection Cloud delivers cloud-scale hybrid DDoS protection against volumetric attacks that exceed your internet bandwidth. This hybrid approach offers precision protection against all DDoS attack strategies such as volumetric, network-based, application layer, slow and low attacks and attacks missed by cloud scrubbing services.

Coupling on-demand cloud scrubbing with Thunder TPS’s on-premise DDoS defense minimizes false events with source-based mitigation; protects enterprise personnel and customers; and enforces protection via A10 Threat Intelligence Service and more than 27 traffic behavior indicators to increase mitigation accuracy.

It delivers automated policy-based mitigation escalation making frontline defenders more effective. It is orchestrated by our team of DDoS specialists, the A10 DDoS Security Incident Response Team (DSIRT), which redirects traffic to the A10 DDoS Protection Cloud when an attack swells to threaten an enterprises total internet bandwidth before it can take down your network.

Cost-Effective, Full Spectrum DDoS Resilience

Unlike other cloud scrubbing services, A10 Cloud DDoS Protection service is built on protecting legitimate traffic, not the amount of traffic that attacks apply, meaning you’re only charged for the protected traffic and the number of times cloud-scale scrubbing is required. And because Thunder TPS deflects all attacks that fall under your on-premises internet bandwidth, A10’s two-pronged defense is the most surgically effective and economical full spectrum DDoS solution on the market.

With A10 DDoS Protection Cloud and A10 Thunder TPS, you double down on DDoS defense without breaking the budget.

Learn more about A10 DDoS Protection Cloud in today's press release and in our data sheet.