F5 Networks secures data centres against DDoS attacks with Defense.Net buy

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F5 Networks has acquired distributed denial of services specialist Defense.Net, in a move to better protect its customers from high capacity cyber attacks.

The acquisition will see F5 integrate Defense.Net’s high-capacity cloud-based security services into its existing on-premise DDoS Protection technologies.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Executive vice president of strategic solutions at F5, Manny Rivelo, said the combination of technologies will let the company protect customers’ data centres and internet applications from even the largest of DDoS attacks.

“Customers ultimately want a unified solution that seamlessly blocks DDoS attacks at the appropriate network location for the type of threat posed,” he said.

“The appeal of a hybrid F5 solution is that it combines the best of on-premises and cloud-based protection.”

Founder and CTO of Defense.Net Barrett Lyon added the deal will help F5 Networks cater to businesses of all sizes and needs.

“Customers of all sizes will be able to ensure that business-critical applications and networks are protected and available under the most demanding conditions regardless of the volume, type or source of DDoS attack,” he said.

DDoS attacks are a constant problem for businesses and security providers. Over the past year, hackers have been finding increasingly innovative ways to increase the size of their DDoS attacks.

In march, security firm Sucuri uncovered evidence that hackers had hijacked more than 162,000 legitimate WordPress sites, connecting them to a criminal botnet and forcing them to mount distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

23 May 2014 | 2:27 pm – Source: v3.co.uk
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