Schools and school districts across 40 U.S. States make use of OnCourse applications, and the company’s website has tens of thousands of visitors every day. OnCourse’s suite of tools helps improve student performance by enabling teachers to work more efficiently and effectively and furnishes administrators with access to classroom data and the ability to analyze it.
Earlier this year, OnCourse suffered three denial-of-service attacks that hurt the availability of attendance tracking, grading, student information, discipline tracking, and other SaaS applications. It then fruitlessly sought the services of two other DDoS mitigation service providers who were unable to prevent these attacks.
But once OnCourse engaged Prolexic’s emergency DDoS mitigation service, cyber attackers abandoned the attack efforts after realizing the OnCourse routed its traffic via Prolexic’s 1.5 Tbps cloud-based DDoS mitigation platform. OnCourse credited that ever since it became a Prolexic client it has not experienced another DDoS attack.
Stuart Scholly, president at Prolexic, said, “OnCourse has learned from experience that there is no rhyme or reason to the motives of cyber attackers. That is why DDoS protection and a well-rehearsed DDoS response plan are essential for every company that has an online presence, regardless of industry or size.”
Prolexic explained that its Proxy Solution (PLXproxy) is designed to provide rapid denial of service attack protection for organizations that are under sustained DDoS attacks of up to 100 Gbps. The company’s DDoS mitigation service is very different from other services as it features more capacity and can be implemented within minutes.
PLXproxy is stated to be a shared, symmetric, on-demand service that lets customers to easily activate protection per domain and redirect Internet traffic to the Prolexic network during a DDoS attack and then switch off of the Prolexic network during non-attack periods.
OnCourse Systems for Education admitted that it was lethargic in its safety measures because the thought of a DDoS attack never occurred to it. The company later found out that firewalls and intrusion protection systems are not enough to be completely protected against DDoS and it cannot afford the downtime caused by a DDoS attack and that is why it deployed Prolexic DDoS protection.