Imperva uses cloud as DDoS shield

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Imperva has launched a new security tool, based in the cloud, to keep business safe from the increasing risk of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

Using the security firm's cloud division Incapsula the Imperva Cloud DDoS Protection solution provides instant scaling when a website is under attack, allowing genuine traffic to still access the URL, whilst keeping track of trends in emerging DDoS attacks to keep a company website prepared.

The new tool also monitors the performance of applications, meaning businesses can keep track of how their website is running during an attack.

Imperva believes makes the solution really appealing though is the fact it is based in the cloud. Running Imperva Cloud DDoS Protection as a service means no upfront hardware costs or maintenance expense going forward, and it enables easy provisioning directly from a customer's website DNS settings.

"This year we've seen a number of significant DDoS attacks that have caused major downtime for websites," said Amichai Shulman, chief technology officer (CTO) at Imperva.

"Hackers frequently tune DDoS attacks, and our service will help enterprises better block one of the main weapons in a hacker's arsenal."

Extra features of the product include access control by both country and visitor type, support for HTTPS sites and threat alert email notification.

There are a number of options available depending on the capacity needs of a company, coming in one, two or three year contracts, and the service is available now.

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