The ultimate goal of a DDoS attack, even the most sophisticated, is to cause a service outage. Massive DDoS attacks can bring down your apps and then your network. Suddenly, you can’t do business with customers or get anything done internally.
There are four main types of attacks, although they’re most often combined:
Volumetric—flood-based attacks that can be at layer 3, 4, or 7.
Asymmetric—invoke timeouts or session-state changes.
The most damaging DDoS attacks mix volumetric attacks with targeted, application-specific attacks.
DDoS demands vigilance
Combined or “mixed” DDoS attacks are becoming more difficult to defend against and are often an indicator of more advanced, persistent threats to come.
How quickly you can discover and stop these threats is key to ensuring service continuity and limiting damage.
Consider layer 7
Layer 7 attacks used to be the exclusive territory of professional attackers.
Layer 7 attacks are much more common now. As recently as 2011, you’d see them every now and then—maybe in 10 percent of attack campaigns. Today, the F5 Security Operations Center (SOC) sees hundreds of layer 7 attacks per day. The thing is, you still have to defend against “old” attack methods, too.
F5 is your best choice for DDoS defense
F5 provides seamless, flexible, and easy-to-deploy solutions that enable a fast response, no matter what type of DDoS attack you’re under.
Deliver multi-layered DDoS defense from a single box with a fast-acting, dual-mode appliance that supports both out-of-band processing and inline mitigation, while enabling SSL inspection and guarding against layer 7 app attacks.
Stop attacks with on your data center immediately with an in-depth DDOS defense that integrates appliance and cloud services for immediate cloud off-loading.