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IBM and Akamai roll out new cloud security solution

Nurdianah Md Nur | Oct. 23, 2013
The solution combines software analytics and cloud security services to offer organisations a proactive and reactive DDoS protection

IBM and Akamai recently launched a new cloud security solution that protects organisations from web-based Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attacks.

The solution is a combination of software analytics, Akamai's always-on cloud-based web security solution "Kona Site Defender", and IBM's Cloud Security Services portfolio.   

According to the IBM Cyber Security Intelligence Index, the average large company must filter through 1,400 cyber attacks weekly. However, many organisations lack the on-site expertise or the right IT skills and tools required to combat them. They also do not have an incident response programme in place, or rely on existing programmes that are outdated, not regularly tested or recently updated to address the growing exponential threats.  

With the new cloud security solution, organisations will enjoy "both proactive and reactive DDoS protection," said Kris Lovejoy, general manager, IBM Security Services. The solution will offer readiness plans and response protocols; monitor network traffic, DDoS alerts and the real-time health of IT resources; deliver insights on Internet threat conditions; and provide real-time DDoS metrics. It will also proactively stop attacks before they affect the organisation's networks, and provide trained response experts to assist with DDoS attacks.

Ronni Zehavi, senior vice president and general manager, Security Division, Akamai, said: "DDoS mitigation and prevention can be complex and resource intensive, and organisations often find they simply don't have the right resources in place to be as effective as they need to be to meet the web security challenges they face. [This cloud solution will] give our customers the peace of mind that their DDoS mitigation efforts are in the right hands."


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