Link11 sets new standards in DDoS protection as test winner


(Frankfurt, January 25) Link11, Europe’s leading IT security provider in protecting web services and infrastructure against cyberattacks, is the only global provider tested to offer comprehensive protection against DDoS attacks. When it comes to defending against an attack, Link11 is over six times faster than average. This is the main conclusion of a recent study by IT analyst Frost & Sullivan conducted in collaboration with penetration testing specialist NimbusDDoS.

The test results identified Link11 as the clear leader. The company was the only one to meet all the criteria of the independent study and achieve the highest accuracy and speed when detecting and mitigating DDoS attacks. According to the results, Link11 sets new standards in DDoS protection and has a strong technological lead in the industry. These two parameters are crucial for companies wishing to strengthen the resilience of their IT infrastructures.

“The growing reliance of a growing number of industries on the Internet requires companies to have a security strategy designed for constant availability and zero downtime caused by cyber attacks” , says Marc Wilczek, CEO of Link11. “Literally every minute of downtime costs money. Our outstanding test results prove that uncompromising resilience against overload attacks is possible and Link11’s DDoS protection is the best way to achieve it.

DDoS protection solutions tested for accuracy and speed

The assessment involved technologically rigorous stress testing of various common attack types performed by the leading international DDoS stress attack penetration testing provider, NimbusDDoS, based in Boston, USA. In addition to high-volume UDP attacks, reflection amplification attacks, and SYN floods, protection solutions from five global vendors also faced new and hard-to-detect carpet bombing attacks.

In all test scenarios, only systems protected by Link11 fully resisted each attack. No other vendor was able to detect all types of attacks. Additionally, there were huge differences in their response times: while other vendors would often waste precious minutes mitigating an attack, Link11 identified and stopped nearly all attacks in real time or within seconds.

DDoS attacks pose a major threat to enterprise business processes and continue to grow in relevance as a type of cyberattack

According to the unanimous assessment of analysts, DDoS attacks are one of the greatest cybersecurity risks. This form of attack has grown significantly in recent months. This is primarily due to the digitalization of many areas of work and life caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has resulted in countless new attack surfaces. Today’s threat landscape also includes new, sophisticated attacks such as carpet bombing, which is difficult to detect, and new waves of DDoS ransomware extortion, where cybercriminals pressure companies to they pay a ransom or have their online systems crippled or destroyed.

Despite the strong correlation between the duration of a cyberattack and its business impact (i.e. the longer the attack, the greater the impact), too many companies still underestimate the risk. or think that their existing protection solutions are sufficient. Although many protection solutions on the market have similar value propositions, they differ significantly in their technical capabilities. To achieve true operational resilience and faster response times, analysts say companies choosing DDoS protection should consider how quickly and accurately the vendors they are considering can identify and defend against attacks. The conclusion is clear: the faster the attack is successfully stopped, the lower the financial damage.

The Frost & Sullivan report can be downloaded as a white paper from the Link11 website

About Link11

Link11 is the European leader in IT security in the field of protecting web services and infrastructures against cyber-attacks. Based in Germany, Link11 has global locations including Europe, North America and Asia. The company’s cloud-based IT security services help customers avoid business disruptions and build cyber resilience into their business networks and critical applications. Link11’s product portfolio includes a wide range of security services, such as web and infrastructure DDoS protection, bot management, contactless WAF and secure CDN services. In the unanimous opinion of analysts (Frost & Sullivan, Gartner among others), Link11 delivers unique, high-performance mitigation across all layers and for all attack vectors, including unknown vectors, within seconds. The technological basis for this is Link11’s patented DDoS protection, which is based on machine learning and consistent automation. The company’s multi-terabit global network, which currently has 43 PoPs (points of presence), interconnects DDoS filter clusters and is monitored 24/7 by the Link11 Security Operations Center.

The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) recognizes Link11 as a qualified provider of DDoS protection for critical infrastructures. With ISO 27001 certification, the company also offers high-level data security processes. Since its inception in 2005, Link11 has received numerous awards for its innovative solutions and business growth.


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