Microsoft has launched Azure DDoS IP Protection, a new service designed to help small and medium businesses (SMB (opens in a new tab)) better defend against distributed denial of service (DDoS (opens in a new tab)) attacks, for public preview.
The new security tool, fully managed pay-per-IP DDoS protection, is no different from DDoS Network Protection – a service primarily designed for large enterprises and companies with huge resources that need protection.
For starters, businesses can expect automatic detection and mitigation of L3/L4 attacks, various metrics to track, set alerts, mitigation activity flow logs, and modifiable policies. What’s more, the tool offers integration with Azure Firewall Manager, Microsoft Sentinel and Microsoft Defender for Cloud.
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How DDoS IP Protection differs from its big brother DDoS Network Protection supports fast DDoS response, cost protection and WAF discounts that it lacks.
“With the DDoS IP Protection SKU, customers now have the flexibility to enable DDoS protection on individual public IP addresses,” said Amir Dahan, Microsoft Senior Product Manager for Azure Networking. blog (opens in a new tab). “SMB customers who have several public IP addresses to protect will benefit from this cost-effective DDoS protection option.”
DDoS IP Protection can protect businesses from the “biggest and most sophisticated” attacks, Dahan went on to say, adding that small and medium businesses can expect a minimum of false positives. With near-real-time monitoring and fast response times, users can better track analytics and metrics and log events, which helps them gain greater insight into the lifecycle, vectors, and best mitigation techniques for various DDoS attacks.
Distributed denial of service continues to be one of the most popular and effective methods of cyberattacks, where cybercriminals use a vast network of compromised endpoints, called a botnet, to flood websites and services with fraudulent requests. This flood renders targets useless.
DDoS protection is now in preview in select regions. It can only be enabled for the Public IP Standard SKU. Billing will start on February 1, 2023.