Amazon introduced AWS Shield and what better place than its ongoing AWS re:invent developer conference. AWS Shield will serve as a DDOS protection service to the applications running on Amazon’s cloud computing service.
AWS Shield is already available and it has been turned on for all the applications running on AWS without asking the developers to do so. The most important thing is, AWS Shield service is based on the efforts of Amazon’s Elastic Load Balancer,CloudFront, and Route 53. The whole world witnessed the massive DDOS attacks which suspended most the services worldwide. AWS Shield promises to provide automatic protection against this kind of DDOS attacks.
According to Amazon Web Services, Shield will protect applications against 96 percent of these DDOS attacks. As it is a free service, AWS Shield will also offer a paid advanced version. The advanced version will provide cost protection to the users so that they won’t lose much when they are under attack. The users will also get 24x7 access to a response team for custom reduction. For advanced users, AWS Shield provides $3000/year for subscription and data transfer fee to use the Elastic Load Balancer, CloudFront and Route 53.
According to Amazon’s CTO, Werner Vogels stated that company’s customers have been specifically worried about DDoS attacks over the last year.
Amazon has stated that it is actually seeing the volumetric attacks that try to bring down the network and exhaust the resources of a server. The statistics say that majority of the attacks are volumetric attacks i.e. 64 percent including state exhaustion and application layer attack. With AWS Shield, amazon is now getting into the competition with Cloudflare and many other protection services from networking vendors.