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Akamai Expands Offerings in Hybrid DNS Infrastructure

Akamai Technologies

Shield NS53 protects on-premises and hybrid DNS infrastructure from resource exhaustion attacks

Akamai Technologies launches Akamai Shield NS53, a product that protects on-premises (on-prem) Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure from resource exhaustion attacks. These attacks overwhelm servers to the point that they can no longer respond to valid DNS queries. The new offering complements Akamai Edge DNS, which is a comprehensive cloud-based DNS solution, and Akamai Prolexic, the industry-leading distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection platform for Layer 3 and Layer 4 attacks.

“Organizations are looking for a better way to manage the increasing volume of DNS/DDoS attacks they face every year. With the launch of Shield NS53, customers can rest assured their servers will have no downtime, and they can instead focus on business operations.”

Sean Lyons, SVP and GM of Infrastructure Security at Akamai.

“Akamai recognizes the security challenges faced by our customers and our partners in a rapidly evolving threat landscape, and we focus on offering robust DDoS protection for all key entry points to their digital infrastructure, whether on-prem, in cloud, or hybrid,” said Sean Lyons, SVP and GM of Infrastructure Security at Akamai. “Organizations are looking for a better way to manage the increasing volume of DNS/DDoS attacks they face every year. With the launch of Shield NS53, customers can rest assured their servers will have no downtime, and they can instead focus on business operations.”

Akamai Shield NS53 helps customers by:

  • Acting as a shield between cybercriminals and critical digital assets to stop illegitimate DNS queries at the edge of Akamai’s network while responding to legitimate queries either from cache or forwarding them to the customer’s original DNS server, thereby improving its security, availability, and performance.
  • Proactively building custom DNS security policies, which can be self-configured by customers using the Akamai Control Center or APIs. Customers have complete control over their dynamic policy configurations and data, and can enforce their policies in real time.
  • Improving the performance and the ROI of existing DNS infrastructure by acting as a bidirectional proxy service, reducing latency and improving user experience. Additionally, Shield NS53 improves and optimizes the total cost of ownership and the ROI of customers’ investments in their existing on-prem or hybrid DNS infrastructure.

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