DHS Pact for DDoS Protection

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 @ 12:01 PM gHale

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded a $1.7 million pact to Galois to develop and implement technology that mitigates distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

The $1.7 million contract, first announced in September, officially went to Galois to help develop its “DDoS Defense for a Community of Peers” technology or 3DCoP.

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This new technology helps SMBs (Small to Medium Businesses) mitigate and even stop DDoS attacks by working together to detect, track down, and prevent ongoing attacks.

“Underlying our implementation is a unique traffic flow monitoring capability, which observes traffic flows in and out of the enclave and finds patterns of interest,” Galois said in a statement.

3DCoP works by creating a virtual network between participating members, allowing them to stop traffic at different points, before reaching its target or before sluggish ISPs intervene to stop traffic in large network portions.

Using this technology, the DHS and Galois teams are looking for more efficient ways of preventing DDoS attacks, without high costs.

Companies will be relying on each other to stop traffic before reaching critical levels at the target’s level. To work, 3DCoP needs to end up deployed in a large number of companies, but DHS will be responsible for that part.

On the technical side of things, the DHS contract will require Galois to develop a system that reduces mitigation response time by 50 percent, resulting in peak traffic reduction of between 75 and 90 percent. Additionally, 3DCop should be able to decrease the time between the start of the attack and the detection of the attack by 25 percent.