Distributed Denial of Service: War Stories from the Cloud Front

Expo Theatre (Hall G) October 19, 2010 - Feedback     

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Michael Smith

Due to the rise of large-scale botnets, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) is making a resurgence, both in attacker capabilities and the impact on target organizations. This presentation is an overview of DDoS attacker capabilities and techniques, defenses against attacks, and lessons learned from responding to numerous DDoS attacks.

The session will cover a very brief description of the Akamai distributed network and a discussion of the history of Akamai’s involvement with DDoS mitigation. The session will then dive into the following areas: threat capabilities and tactics, failure patterns during a DDoS attack, preparation prior to an attack, example timelines associated with the July 4th, 2009 attack, and the active response to an ongoing, targeted DDoS attack. Each area will focus on lessons learned that organizations can reproduce in their own environment.