Windstream enhances Application Firewall, DDoS capabilities via Imperva partnership

Windstream Hosted Solutions is revitalizing its managed service set with new Web Application Firewall (WAF) and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection services that are provided through a partnership with Imperva.

By becoming a provider of Imperva "always on" security solutions, Windstream said its DDoS Mitigation Service will be able to secure websites against the growing tide of DDoS threats that use high volume attacks to overwhelm a business' network or IT environment.

Supported by Windstream's deployment of carrier-grade routers, the multi-layered protection DDoS mitigation service can filter out IP attacks and perform real-time analysis to manage DDoS traffic profiling and blocking. Windstream said the service was designed to automatically defeat attacks without requiring intervention or interrupting service.

Like the DDoS service, the WAF service can also detect and remove malicious web traffic by using intelligent traffic profiling and bot detection technology to accurately weed out threats. To stay ahead of emerging threats, this multi-layer approach is continuously updated with the latest detection and defense techniques.

Establishing new partnerships with vendors like Imperva that provide specific capabilities like DDoS and WAF could provide two potential benefits: helping Windstream to forgo the burden of developing products in house, while being able to more quickly respond to demand for such services that can run across its growing base of 25 U.S. data centers.

These services could also help Windstream continue to meet its revenue goals for the Hosted Solutions unit. In the third quarter of 2014, the service provider reported that data center and managed services, which total about $32 million, rose 21 percent from the same period a year ago.

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