Five Burning Security Issues in Cloud Computing

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Small is the new big

Headlines come out every week talking about the latest multi-gigabit attack unleashed on a major bank or high-profile website. However, only about 25 percent of all DDoS attacks are volumetric. How can my cloud provider help me with those?

Form of remediation: Small attacks do not saturate Internet bandwidth like volumetric attacks. They work by targeting the equipment that supports your application – the firewall, load balancer, IPS/IDS and servers. These attacks require a small amount of bandwidth, so small that most operators would hardly notice the increase in traffic. These “low & slow” attacks – focused on resource starvation or application vulnerabilities – are usually not detected by tools that focus on volumetric attacks. Be sure your cloud provider has a premise-based solution to assist you in detecting and mitigating these smaller attacks.

As companies accelerate their adoption of cloud technologies – like infrastructure as a service (IaaS) or software as a service (SaaS) – the need for solutions that provide secure access and reliable operations in the cloud increases in importance. A top area of concern is defending applications from distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Any plan to move to the cloud should include a plan for dealing with the pervasive and growing threat that DDoS present. In this slideshow, Bill Lowry, director of cloud services at Radware, takes a look at some of the burning issues you should look for when adopting a DDoS mitigation strategy for a cloud-based solution.

Bill Lowry is director, Cloud Services at Radware, where he leads strategic sales engagement and evangelism for Radware’s industry-leading products and services for co-location, hosting, managed service, and cloud providers. Lowry has more than 20 years of experience integrating security, network and data center technologies into solutions for service providers and Fortune 500 enterprises, with leadership roles at companies including Terremark, Verizon, Arista Networks, Brocade, and Apple.


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