Tailored CDN Security by Apeiro8 for Asian BusinessesBack
The rise of digital economy is accompanied by a new wave of security threats. Faced with network attacks from all kinds of sources, many enterprises began to improve the performance in low latency, stability, and security of their network services by using CDN-based security. This is also the main reason why Apeiro8 has garnered significant attention in the market.
Currently, the DDoS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) attacks have rampaged across the globe at a frequency and scale previously unheard of. Malicious individuals have launched attacks against industries with heave reliance on network services, such as gaming and e-commerce retailers, and the attacks have spread from North American and European regions to Asia. For example, in the November of 2021, Microsoft experienced one of the largest DDoS attacks in history, where malicious individuals targeted Azure users in Asia and launched attacks from over 10,000 sources in U.S., China, Russia, Thailand, India and Taiwan; the attack traffic peaked at 3.74 TB per second, and up to 340 million packets per second!
What’s worth noticing is that the security incident experienced by Microsoft is not uncommon. In the past 2 years, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, and various regions around the world have faced strong cybersecurity threats.
“Enterprises with online services are currently experiencing three major security threats: indiscriminate cyberattacks from various sources, difficulty in detecting and identifying security threats, and increase in DDoS attack scale from GB to TB level. In addition, many malicious individuals have initiated attacks through cloud service platforms. This is why we need CDN (content delivery network) to bolster defenses against security threats from outside and within enterprises.” said Tian Boon Bong, Founder and CEO of Apeiro8.
CDN: Your Shield Against DDoS Attacks
Enterprises nowadays are accustomed to using various digital platform tools to handle daily tasks in the virtual environments. This not only increased the network traffic, but also attracted the attention of malicious individuals, who not only launched Botnet and DDoS attacks on enterprise network infrastructures, but also targeted vulnerabilities in applications (software) services. This is why a new security defensive mechanism is needed to improve enterprise protection.
As explained by Tian Boon Bong, Founder and CEO of Apeiro8, conventional DDoS defense is based on scrubbing center operating on single-node, focusing on defenses for L3 and L4. All network traffic must pass through the scrubbing center regardless of under attack or not, which not only slows down the website speed, but also cannot defend against application layer attacks. In comparison, a CDN uses distributed nodes and maintain both DDoS scrubbing and WAF functions, capable of defending against L3 to L7 attacks. “A CDN is not a substitute for existing cybersecurity equipment, it is an empowerment or enhancement concept. For example, an enterprise with 20 to 30 CDN nodes will have higher defensive capability than a single node (scrubbing center); the system only direct suspicious traffic to scrubbing center and WAF filtering once they’re been detected, which can effectively alleviate the issues of network congestion and increases user experience.”
When selecting a CDN service for your Asian enterprise, consider three crucial aspects. Firstly, ensure the CDN product is designed with businesses in mind and offers a comprehensive platform for website acceleration and security. This includes features like management, monitoring, DDoS protection, and SSL certificates, all bundled into one.
Secondly, assess whether the CDN service allows for customization to match your specific requirements. This includes the ability to categorize domains, configure security rules like WAF, and monitor data content tailored to your needs.
Lastly, evaluate the CDN provider’s support and customer service. Make sure they have a capable team, can provide 24/7 real-time customer assistance, and possess a deep understanding of the unique demands of the Asian market. These factors are precisely why ApeiroCDN, offered by Apeiro8, is the preferred choice for discerning enterprise clients seeking reliable CDN solutions.
For example, a Vietnamese gaming business was frustrated by threats of network attacks, which could not be mitigated even with internationally renowned CDN products. However, it only takes Apeiro8’s team members a few hours to identify the cause of abnormal events. After the CDN is officially brought online, the gaming business can identify abnormal traffic or attacks through monitoring of real-time traffic data reports provided by ApeiroCDN’s one-stop management platform “Dashboard”, which provides insights on the sources and types of attacks so that the gaming vendor can respond accordingly to optimize gaming experience.
Unlike other CDN vendors who only focus on their own products, we provide in-depth bespoke services, with attention on assisting customers to optimize the products and services. For example, for gaming, we would focus on the game platform (where the gaming products are placed) and for e-commerce, focus on application and official website (created by the owner of the retail brand). If any anomaly occurs, Apeiro8 can communicate directly with customers to resolve issues.” stated by Tian Boon Bong.
Apeiro8 provides CDN security services that correspond to different types of web services, such as blocking attacks on web services by botnets, non-browser requests and replying customized web pages to requests from different regions; Captcha verification for API services, restriction of request speed rate and source regions (or IP); mechanisms to restrict sources, bandwidths and region-based specific content delivery for streaming services (Websocket), and strengthening capacities on user experience and data analysis.
Tian Boon Bong said: “in response to the New Norm, the consumer behaviors have become increasingly fragmented. In order to effectively predict and defend against attacks, we need to understand the cross-site behaviors of users through log analysis, so that we can better assist our enterprise customers in carrying out their future planning for 5G smart applications, Web 3.0 and Metaverse.”
Published on CommonWealth Magazine (Taiwan)