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Securing Systems against DDoS Attacks
Denial of service (DoS) is a form of network attack that attempts to overwhelm a networked resource, such as a server or web site, via a flow of requests or of network traffic that massively exceeds the processing capacity of the networked resource. This excess load will then drastically impair that resource’s capacity to process legitimate requests for service. Such attacks are often distributed (DDoS) in nature, and can originate simultaneously from multiple sources. They may also be accompanied by worms or other forms of active attack mechanisms. DDoS attacks have been known to originate from criminal organisations for extortion purposes, from economic competitors, and as a form of quasi-military attack. This module will review such attacks as they have occurred over the recent past, and detail means to detect them and mitigate their effect.

Training's objectives
The objective is to first familiarise the audience with the risks of DoS typed network attacks, and of their significance over the last decade. This will then be expanded to consider technical means for detecting them and differentiating them from other forms of excessive traffic. We will then show how adaptive schemes can be used to reduce or eliminate their effects in real-time as the attack unfurls. Practical examples will be shown so as to illustrate the technical material.

Who should attend?
The module is suitable for attendees with either a policy or business background or those with some technical background ain IT awareness, but will not rely on prior knowledge of network security. The content will be appropriate both for engineers/developers, security experts, as well as for business or security managers.
Target sectors: Commercial organisations that use or rely on IT, third party application/service providers (e.g. banks, transport, content providers, advertisers, ISPs, government etc.), application/service developers, equipment manufacturers, consultancies, engineers, security experts.

Key topics
Network security, network based information attacks, security of networked information servers and processing units, worms, distributed denial of service attacks, attack detection, attack mitigation through adaptive avoidance and counter-attack.

The program of this half-day module (2.00pm – 5.30pm) will include:
- The risks of DoS typed network attacks, their significance over the last decade
- The means to detect DoS and differentiate them from other forms of excessive traffic
- The adaptive schemes to reduce or eliminate their effects in real-time
- Practical examples


Module designed and coordinated by Pr Erol Gelenbe, Dennis Gabor Chair, Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department - Imperial College London (UK)
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From €200 (excl. vat)

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