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Security Firm, Black Lotus, Enables Web Hosts to Provide DDoS Protection

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Security Firm, Black Lotus, Enables Web Hosts to Provide DDoS Protection

LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – Apr 10, 2012) – Black Lotus announced today the formal release of its Availability Assurance Partner Program, or simply (AP)2, seamlessly extending DDoS protection into the hosted services environment. (AP)2 allows providers to stop threats against service availability without incurring capital expenditures or contractual obligations.

“When hosting providers enter into partnership agreements, the typical outcome is a reseller plan which requires the provider to commit to substantial volumes in order to realize return on investment,” stated Jeffrey Lyon, CISSP, CISA, President of Black Lotus. “(AP)2 is a different animal, we will be providing well established network operators in the hosted services industry the unique opportunity to provide a white label DDoS mitigation to their customers at a clean 50% margin.”

Black Lotus recognized the need for defense against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in 1999 when the first DDoS attacks were identified by CERT, but it was not until 2007 the problem began growing exponentially. Currently, hosted service providers, such as web hosting companies, are seeing an increase in lost revenue and customer attrition associated with attacks that cannot be mitigated on most service provider networks.

“We’re seeing a rise in high packet per second TCP floods which cause service interruptions on even the largest enterprise hosting networks,” stated Alaina Wanek, JNCIA, Network Engineer at Black Lotus. “Perhaps the most serious problem faced by hosting providers is the lack of adequate protection against application layer attacks which specifically target the web server itself.”

Application layer threats, commonly referred to as Layer 7 DDoS attacks, are nearly impossible to detect and effectively mitigate with commercially available systems. (AP)2 solves this problem by transparently extending Black Lotus’ DDoS mitigation technologies on to any partner network. (AP)2 partners are able to leverage Black Lotus’ Human Behavior Analysis technology to solve the Layer 7 problem, thereby improving earnings and increasing account retention.

About Black Lotus Communications

Black Lotus Communications is a Los Angeles, California based security innovator which pioneered the first commercially viable DDoS mitigation solutions in 1999, weeks after the first known DDoS attacks. These advanced solutions enhance the security posture of SMB and Enterprise clients while reducing capital expenditures, managing risk, ensuring compliance, and improving earnings and retention. Breakthrough developments at Black Lotus include the world’s first DDoS protected hosting network, the first IPv6 DDoS mitigation environment, and the first highly effective Layer 7 attack mitigation strategy.

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About the Author:

Jeffrey A. Lyon, CISSP, CISA, is a leading expert in DDoS theory and attack mitigation strategy. He has served as the President of Black Lotus for over 12 years. In 2005, he completed his BBA in Operations and Information Systems at The College of William and Mary and is currently pursuing his MBA in Accounting.