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October 13, 2015

5 DDoS attack prevention tools to protect your company

Lists: Make sure your company's network or website does not fall down in an attack.

By Charlotte Henry

DDoS are growing. Designed to take down a website or network infrastructure, they can be volumed based, where a service is swarmed with requests, or protocol request based, which use TCP/IP requests from false IP addresses to wear down resources.

You could also fall victim to more stealthier, layer 7 application layer attacks, which are slower and harder to detect.

Here are some of the best tools to help protect against such attacks.


Cloudfare’s layer 3 and 4 protection absorbs an attack before it reaches a server, which load balancers, firewalls, and routers do not.

Its layer 7 protection differentiates between beneficial and harmful traffic. Cloudflare clients include Cisco, Nasdaq, MIT and…the Eurovision song contest.

2. F5 Networks

F5 Networks Silverline has a huge traffic scrubbing capacity, and offers protection either onsite, in the cloud, or a combination of the two.

It offers protection across levels 3 to 7. Silverline can prevent high volume networks, stopping them reaching a company’s network. 24/7 support is available.

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3. Black Lotus

The firm’s Protection for Networks service was designed with a focus on the hosting industry, and can be white labelled for their use.

Its protection for Services tool can be filtered and proxied at Layer 4, and requests are mitigated at layer 7. It also has a patent pending on Human Behaviour Analysis technology, to improve its service.

4. Arbor networks

From the security division of Netscout, Arbor Cloud offers both on site cloud protection for state-exhausting attacks against security infrastructure.

It also offers a multi-terabit, on-demand traffic scrubbing service, and 24/7 DDoS support via its Security Operations Center.

5. Incapsula

The Top Ten Reviews listing site gave Incapsula a gold award for its DDoS protection service this year. It has a global network of data centres, so can provide more scrubbing centres than many other providers.

It offers blanket protection against DDoS either as an always on service or on demand, and a 24/7 security team.

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