For enterprises confronted with massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, finding solutions that offer DDoS protection is critical to protecting revenue, productivity, reputation, and user loyalty.
Hackers stage DDoS attacks by hijacking unprotected computers and installing malware. Using hundreds of thousands of these "zombie computers" or "bots", perpetrators target a single website or web based application, flooding it with an enormous amount of traffic and causing the target to become unavailable to legitimate users.
DDoS protection has become more difficult in recent years as DDoS attacks have grown increasingly sophisticated. DDoS attackers have shifted their focus from the network and transport layers to the application layer, where DDoS protection is harder to maintain. The size of attacks has grown exponentially too, and most enterprises lack the capital resources to scale their security programs to provide adequate DDoS protection. That's why so many organizations have turned to Akamai for highly scalable cloud-based enterprise solutions for DDoS protection.