GRAND RAPIDS – The Grand Rapids-based connectivity and IT services provider US Signal announced a partnership with the San Francisco-based security company Cloudflare to bring a managed and customizable distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection service to market.
The companies said the new service is powered by Cloudflare’s global Anycast network and is implemented by US Signal’s information security and provisioning team, with support and customization from its technical operations engineers.
A DDoS attack aims to disrupt the services of a website by flooding the site with mock traffic generated from other sources on the web – sources usually created by hackers taking over computers without those computer owners’ knowledge. According to Wikipedia, it’s the online equivalent of blocking the door of a shop with a bunch of thugs, making it difficult for legitimate customers to enter.
With more than 10 million internet properties on its network, Cloudflare can anticipate and prevent potential DDoS attacks. In addition, with more than 15 terabytes per second of throughput and more than 150 data centers in 75 countries, Cloudflare’s network has the resiliency to absorb and dissipate even the largest of DDoS attacks and prevent them from impacting customer websites.
With DDoS Protection from US Signal, customers get priority routing and dedicated addresses on Cloudflare’s network. Alongside DDoS protection, US Signal customers achieve performance improvements through Cloudflare’s existing network architecture, while US Signal engineers use other tools to further improve performance.
“US Signal’s new DDoS protection service is ideal for companies looking to update their existing DDoS mitigation strategies or for businesses lacking the manpower or skills to manage these risks internally,” said US Signal President Steven Oyer. “It is aimed at all market sectors but is particularly beneficial to high-risk areas such as tech, government, finance and healthcare. But regardless of the economic sector in which your company operates, Cloudflare’s 15Tbps plus network throughput should offer peace of mind, as it can handle 15 times more traffic than the largest DDoS attack has produced to date.”
Added Chris Merritt, chief revenue officer at Cloudflare: “Our layered security approach has already combined multiple DDoS mitigation capabilities into one solution, and it’s a logical next step for US Signal to package it with expert consulting, advisory and implementation skills – and to sell it alongside its existing managed IT and business continuity services.”