Google Offers DDoS Protection

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 @ 03:10 PM gHale

Google unveiled tools designed to protect sites from distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks and also bypass censorship.

The DDoS protection tool is Project Shield and is currently by invitation only. The tool relies on the company’s existing PageSpeed service, which distributes resources throughout the Google infrastructure and among users of the service to improve website performance.

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Now, the same concept can see use in defending sites against DDoS attacks. In essence, all users pool resources together so an attack against any of the sites faces the entire network and not just one server.

“Project Shield is an initiative to use Google’s infrastructure to protect free expression online. The service currently combines Google’s DDoS mitigation technologies and Page Speed Service (PSS), which allow websites to serve their content through Google to be better protected from DDoS attacks,” Google said.

Google’s service is free but it is only available by invitation. If users want to try it out, they can fill out the online form.

In time, Project Shield might evolve into a standard tool available for regular sites for free or for a price for larger organizations.

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