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Surge in Web DDoS Attacks: How to Stay Protected

By May 17, 2024No Comments

Cyber threats are increasing globally, challenging the effectiveness of typical standards of protection. The latest surge in attacks combines network and application layer strategies, resulting in massive request-per-second (RPS) web DDoS assaults. These encrypted, high-volume Layer 7 (L7) DDoS attacks mimic legitimate traffic and employ various evasion techniques, including randomizing HTTP headers and cookies, spoofing IPs, and more.

Surge in Web DDoS Attacks: How to Stay Protected

Cyber threats are increasing globally, challenging the effectiveness of typical standards of protection. The latest surge in attacks combines network and application layer strategies, resulting in massive request-per-second (RPS) web DDoS assaults. These encrypted, high-volume Layer 7 (L7) DDoS attacks mimic legitimate traffic and employ various evasion techniques, including randomizing HTTP headers and cookies, spoofing IPs, and more.

Radware’s patented Cloud Web DDoS Protection achieves what traditional network-based DDoS protection and standard WAF solutions cannot: it effectively handles the scale, complexity, and dynamic nature of Web DDoS Tsunami attacks without disrupting legitimate traffic.

Why Current Protections are Ineffective

Network-based DDoS protection and standard WAF solutions struggle to cope with the sophistication of modern attacks. . Detecting and mitigating such attacks require decryption of the attack traffic and deeper inspection into the L7 headers. As such, these attacks would go undetected by network-based DdoS protection solutions.

A standard WAF—whether on-prem or cloud-based—is an effective tool to protect applications from standard web-based threats (mainly OWASP Top-10). However, it is failing to protect against these Layer 7 (L7) DDoS threats due to factors such as scale, attack sophistication, morphing attacks, and the human factor.

New Advanced Protection for Web DDoS Attacks

As part of its Cloud Application Protection Service, Radware’s new Cloud Web DDoS Protection solution is uniquely designed to protect against high-scale, newly emerging Web DDoS Tsunami attacks and provide customers with advanced protection at the scale needed to combat these threats.

Key Features of Radware’s Cloud Web DDoS Protection:

Automated, Precise Detection and Mitigation: The solution utilizes dedicated, behavior-based algorithms with advanced learning capabilities, aiming to swiftly detect and precisely block L7 DDoS attacks while minimizing false positives and avoiding interference with legitimate traffic. Unlike the prevalent volumetric approach employed by most vendors, Radware’s L7 behavioral-based protection excels at distinguishing between legitimate traffic surges (known as flash crowds) and malicious traffic floods generated by adversaries, ensuring that only malicious traffic is blocked—even during Web DDoS Tsunami attacks.

Comprehensive Defense Against Advanced Threats: Unique algorithms offer protection from various L7 DDoS threats, spanning from smaller-scale, sophisticated attacks to new L7 attack tools and vectors, as well as large-scale, sophisticated Web DDoS Tsunami assaults. The solution not only analyzes these advanced threats and their numerous variants but also adapts to different attack patterns, randomization methods, and techniques such as using proxies or impersonating legitimate bots

Optimal Protection for High-Scale Attacks: Combining automated algorithms with high-scale infrastructure, Radware effectively counters high-RPS L7 DDoS threats, safeguarding organizations against debilitating cyber assaults.