AWS Launches Shield Service To Protect Cloud Applications From DDoS Attacks AWS Shield was launched at the AWS reInvent conference in Las Vegas on Thursday. It protects Web sites and applications against DDoS attacks that can be applied to them. During Thursday’s keynote on IT transformation, CTO Werner Vogels introduced AWS Shield. Vogels highlighted the growing prevalence of DDoS attacks in developers as one driver for change. Developers must adapt their development processes and testing methods to ensure their users’ security. Vogels stated that AWS created AWS Shield to assist developers in this process. Vogels stated that AWS’ top priority is to “protect you at all cost.” “This is our No. “This is our No. 1 priority and will always be our No. 1 priority.” AWS Shield is available in two flavors: Advanced and Standard. AWS Shield Standard is a free service that is available to all customers. It is activated by default for Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53, and AWS Elastic Load Balancencing. According to this FAQ, it protects against Layer 3 and 4 infrastructure attacks such as UDP floods and State exhaustion attacks such as TCP SYN floodings. AWS WAF [Web Application Firewall] can be used by customers to protect themselves against Application layer attacks such as HTTP POST and GET floods. AWS customers who have Enterprise Support or Business Support plans can only access the Advanced version. Prices start at $3,000 per monthly. This higher-end version offers more advanced features such as continuous network traffic monitoring and 24-hour access AWS’ DDoS Response Team to protect the network layers and applications. “AWS Shield Advanced manages mitigation for layer 3 and 4 DDoS attacks. This means that your Web applications are protected against attacks such as TCP SYN floods or UDP Floods. You can also use AWS WAF to apply mitigations to your application layer (layer 7), or you can contact the 24X7 AWS DDoS Response team…who can create rules for you to mitigate Layer 7 DDoS attacks. According to the company, AWS Shield can resolve most infrastructure attacks in five minutes. More information at re:Invent 2016.

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