CenturyLink adds mitigation appliance option to DDoS offering

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is providing its business customers another layer of protection against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks by adding a mitigation appliance for its DDoS Mitigation Service.

Battling DDoS attacks has become a bigger challenge for businesses. According to independent research commissioned by CenturyLink Technology Solutions last year, DDoS attacks have grown more frequent, with nearly 50 percent of enterprise IT leaders reporting that their organizations experienced one or more DDoS attacks in the last three years.

A key element of the DDoS Mitigation Service is being proactive about thwarting attacks before they become a problem for the business customer.

The service can detect traffic at both the network level and through a mitigation appliance before it impacts an organization's infrastructure. A business environment can be protected whether it is accessed via CenturyLink's network, one of CenturyLink's more than 55 data centers, customer premises or a third-party data center or network.

"With the integration of a network-based solution with an on-site appliance, we can further serve businesses that require always-on mitigation and deliver protection for multiple third-party networks while providing full visibility and reporting across all of their networks," said Chris Richter, vice president, managed security products and services, at CenturyLink Technology Solutions, in a release.

The debut of this service option comes at a time when CenturyLink continues to see managed hosting revenues grow. In the first quarter of 2014, revenues were $142 million, up 12.7 percent year-over-year.

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