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October 11, 2012

Prolexic Completes SSAE 16 Examination for DDoS Attack Mitigation Services

DoS and DDoS attacks look to make a computer resource unavailable to its intended users. The target system either responds so slowly it becomes unusable, or crashes completely by overwhelming the computer with data and/or requests in a denial of service attack.

The amount of data needed to do this is usually obtained from a network of remotely controlled botnet or “zombie” computers.

Recently, Prolexic, a provider of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection services, completed its SSAE 16 Type 2 SOC 1 examination. With this certification, Prolexic becomes an internationally recognized third-party assurance audit that helps service companies.

On this occasion, the company also announced it has completed the ISAE 3402 examination.

The company’s DDoS mitigation solutions make use of proprietary DDoS filtering techniques and the world’s largest cloud-based DDoS mitigation network. To fight all known types of DoS and DDoS denial of service attacks, the company also utilizes advanced routing and patent-pending anti-DDoS devices.

This translated into minimized financial loss for its customers’ business, the company stated.

“Completing these examinations assures enterprises that Prolexic has adopted relevant controls that are well designed and operating properly,” said Stuart Scholly, president of Prolexic. "Global companies that must comply with these standards can now avoid the time and expense of auditing Prolexic prior to working with us.”

Recently, the company cautioned users about an alarming threat. The DDoS attacks have been unleashed some time ago with the help of the so-called “itsoknoproblembro” DDoS toolkit. The malicious actor(s) behind the attacks have used this potent tool in conjunction with a sophisticated attack, which clearly shows the knowledge of common DDoS mitigation methods.

While Prolexic has recorded continued floods peaking at 70 Gbps and more than 30 million pps against some of its customers, the attack signatures are highly complicated.

Edited by Braden Becker

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