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Protecting vital infrastructures against DDOS attacks

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Henk Steenman

Henk Steenman

Chief Technical Officer (CTO)

March 9, 2018

The Internet exists thanks to interconnection: it is a network of interconnected networks. Normally, a critical infrastructure accesses the Internet through its Internet Service Provider (ISP).

In the event of a DDoS attack, most of the traffic comes from the ‘general’ Internet, even if the attack has been initiated by a user connected to a Dutch ISP. With this type of DDoS attack, the effects can mainly be seen on the internet-facing services of the critical infrastructure.

By separating the direct interconnection between Dutch providers of critical infrastructures and providers of Internet access to Dutch end-users from interconnection with the rest of the Internet, the impact of a DDoS attack from the Internet on critical infrastructures for Dutch users can be mitigated.

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