Akamai opens new scrubbing centre in Melbourne


Akamai has opened a new ‘scrubbing centre’ in Melbourne, extending the overall attack fighting capability and resiliency of the Akamai platform in the ANZ region. Akamai’s scrubbing centres are a key element of its Prolexic Routed solutions, which is designed to stop DDoS attacks in the cloud, before they reach applications, data centres, and infrastructure. It’s built on a DDoS mitigation platform with 19 global scrubbing centres that are closer to users and attackers, which minimises performance latency and improves network resiliency.

The new Melbourne scrubbing centre will allow Akamai to continue to meet its aims of having three-to-five times the capacity of the largest DDoS attacks currently recorded, even in spite of the growth of attack data, increasing the dedicated capacity to 8.0 Tbps globally. This centre will complement an existing regional DDoS-mitigation-platform footprint, which includes further scrubbing centres in Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Osaka and Singapore.

Akamai’s scrubbing centres are centralised data-cleansing stations, that filter out malicious traffic before it can reach the applications and data centres of Akamai’s customers.  By blocking attack traffic at the edge, Akamai helps to make sure that ‘good’ traffic can still be processed efficiently, without the end-customers’ infrastructures becoming overwhelmed.

According to Akamai researchers, over the course of 2018, they noticed a 97.7% growth rate in attack size, with a median in January of .56 Gbps ballooning to 1.548 Gbps by December.  As attackers up the ante with bigger botnets, Akamai is responding with greater capacity to absorb attack traffic.

Akamai’s Vice President and Managing Director for Asia Pacific & Japan, Graeme Beardsell, said: “The launch of our second scrubbing centre in Australia reinforces our DDoS mitigation capabilities in the region and demonstrates our commitment to continuously improving the cyber security posture of businesses and government departments.”

It works by re-directing networking traffic through Akamai’s scrubbing centres by making a simple border gateway protocol (BGP) route advertisement change. Traffic is routed through the closest available scrubbing centre, and proactive mitigation controls are architected to drop attacks instantly. Akamai SOC experts analyse the remaining DDoS traffic to quickly and efficiently apply the most appropriate mitigation for every attack vector. Clean traffic is then forwarded to a business’ applications and data centres, and outbound traffic is returned directly to users.

Akamai offers two deployment options: ‘always-on’ to mitigate malicious traffic at all times, and ‘on-demand’ which allows businesses to redirect traffic when they are under attack.