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Distinguished Seminar:  The Global DDoS Threat Landscape

Date:February 8, 2016 
Talk Title:The Global DDoS Threat Landscape
Speaker:Scott Iekel-Johnson, Sr. Product Manager, Arbor Networks
Time & Location:12:00pm - 1:00pm
DEC, CIC Building, Pittsburgh


Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks continue to grow in size, frequency, and complexity, and can affect any resource on the Internet, from the largest to the smallest, at any time.  Motivations for attacks vary widely, from the personal to online activism to political or economic espionage to organized crime.  In spite of their pervasiveness, the commercial or political sensitivities of DDoS attack targets often mean that the precise nature and impact of these attacks are hidden from view.  Likewise, network operators are frequently reluctant to share details of their defense strategies for fear of giving attackers an added advantage.  While understandable, this results in a siloing of expertise, preventing effective collaboration between network operators and the security research community to provide better strategies to defeat these attacks. Arbor Networks has been working with network operators, both service providers and enterprises, for the last 15 years to develop effective protection strategies for these attacks.  This talk will pull back the curtain on DDoS attack experience and practice, providing an overview of Arbor Network's latest research into DDoS attack trends and discuss current operational best practices for how global network operators detect and mitigate DDoS attacks.  

Speaker Bio

Scott Iekel-Johnson, PhD, is Sr. Product Manager for DDoS products at Arbor Networks. Arbor's DDoS products and cloud mitigation service are used in over 107 countries by all tier-1 and over 70% of tier-2 ISPs, as well as hundreds of the world's largest enterprises, to protect their critical infrastructure and their customers from DDoS attacks. This makes Arbor the most commonly used DDoS protection technology in the world. Arbor's large install base also provides it with visibility into over 60 Tbps of global Internet traffic from 300 providers around the world, giving Arbor unique insights into global Internet traffic and threat trends.

Scott has been with Arbor Networks since 2001. During his first ten years as Sr. Principal Software Engineer he helped design and implement the Peakflow SP system used by most of the world's ISPs to understand their network traffic and perform peering and transit analysis. Since 2010 he has been responsible for product and business strategy for Arbor's DDoS and network analysis products. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Michigan in 2001, working under Farnam Jahanian, where he researched the building of highly scalable, fault-tolerant distributed systems. He is co-author of several peer-reviewed academic papers in conferences and journals, most recently ACM Sigcomm, and has several patents related to network traffic and routing analysis, attack detection, and mitigation.