IBM today announced a new cloud solution that combines software analytics and cloud security services to fend off web-based Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attacks for organizations doing business on the web and in the cloud. The new software and services are based on a partnership with Akamai Technologies, Inc.
DDoS attacks are focused on the disruption of web-based assets such as company home pages, e-commerce sites and web-based cloud services. These attacks work by overloading the bandwidth of a web site or cloud application, rendering its service inoperable and preventing legitimate clients from being able to connect to it. This can result in revenue loss for an organization, as customers and clients are unable to complete transactions online.
DDoS attacks can also be used as a distraction, allowing attackers to breach other systems in the enterprise while IT staffs are forced to make difficult risk-based decisions, possibly without visibility to the full scope of what is occurring.