Cloud-based security for a faster performing website
Cyber threats are becoming more sophisticated with each passing year. As bad actors discover new methods to uncover security vulnerabilities, corporate countermeasures need to stay one step ahead of them using cloud-based security.
For today’s corporate security manager, it’s not just about detecting and responding to such threats but proactively
preventing security breaches from happening at all. Keeping up with the ever-evolving digital threat landscape requires regular examination of existing security measures to better implement more pragmatic solutions for the future.
Every sized business must answer these critical questions:
- How do you know which web application security features will protect your content?
- How can you ensure you’re working with a security provider adept at handling your performance and security needs?
Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are increasing in frequency and size
The record for the largest DDoS attack in history was broken twice in 2018, the second instance by an attack almost one and a half times larger than the Mirai botnet DDoS attack, which reached 1.2 terabits per second in 2016.
As attacks become both more sophisticated and powerful (some as massive as 1.7 terabits per second), it’s clear that companies need to evolve new responses to this increasingly dangerous threat.
It’s also true that the stakes have never been higher. In an environment where mobile websites must start rendering in under 200 milliseconds to meet Google’s standards, any slowdown in the quality of the user experience—much less an outage—is unacceptable. And yet, security solutions that mitigate DDoS attacks have traditionally affected performance as well.
Protecting your applications against attacks – Cloud-based security
Why security appliances are no longer enough
Not too long ago, the standard solution for defending applications against attacks relied on security appliances
installed on-premise within a customer’s data center.
The idea was to put as many layers of security as possible in front of their origin infrastructure, so malicious traffic would have to pass through multiple filters before reaching it.
However, while these layers of security kept attackers out, they also slowed response time for user requests, which had to go through layer after layer of security rules before returning the desired web content.
Ironically, in its efforts to protect itself from getting taken down by an attack, a company could slow its page load performance considerably, leading to a negative impact on business growth. The protection versus performance dilemma has been a problem for web developers for a long time.
For years, people have held onto the notion that there has to be a trade-off between security and web performance. After all, with more layers of defense in place, it will take more time for web traffic to get through these protections.
In this case, however, perception is not reality; security does not impede web performance in a content delivery network environment. Cloud security solutions can enhance the security of a web application while simultaneously improving the user experience.
Shifting the security-performance paradigm – Cloud-based security
The old perception of security versus web performance is based on outdated architecture. It assumes that everything is running in one datacenter. As cyber attacks have become larger, they can easily overwhelm a centralized system, including some cloud-based security platforms that don’t have the necessary scale and distribution.
However, some content delivery networks provide security with the scale required to absorb even the largest attacks
and have subsequently transformed the landscape.
With servers in multiple locations providing scalability, the paradigm shifts – as load increases, available resources expand, and the work gets distributed. The end result is that users do not notice any decrease in web performance. Contact Musato Technologies to learn more about our innovative ICT solutions.
This article was first published by Verizon Digital Media Services.