Network Firewalls, Network Access Control

DISA Seeks Commercial DDoS Defense

Military to Scrap Pilot Program if Product Found The Defense Department is turning to commercial software makers to develop a defense against distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS), such as the one that struck government, finance and business websites over the Independence Day weekend.

In a posting Monday on, the federal business opportunity website, the Defense Information Systems Agency Acquisition Directorate, says it's seeking a DDoS detection and reaction solution to monitor Defense Department network traffic crossing the border between the Internet and NIPRnet, the military's nonsecure Internet protocol router network used to exchange sensitive but unclassified information.

If such products can be found, DISA says it would scrap its own DDoS detection and reaction pilot project.

The tool DISA seeks must provide:

Visibility into network behavior.
Alert analysts to abnormal occurrences and provide mitigation options to attacks.
Monitor traffic at 11 worldwide Internet-to-NIPRNet access points.
Examine inbound and outbound traffic for unusual incidents.
Report DDoS events within five minutes from the start of the detected attack to receipt of alarm.

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