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Athena

Athena is an internally developed, custom distributed denial of service (DDoS) mitigation platform that powers the Verisign DDoS Protection Service.

What is Athena?

As DDoS attacks have increased dramatically in size and complexity, the task of protecting our Internet-scale services has pushed the limits of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) DDoS detection and mitigation gear. These days, it takes more than bandwidth and gear to block them. At Verisign, the scale at which we operate (running the infrastructure for .com, .net and other TLDs, as well as two of the Internet’s 13 root servers) exposed the limitations of relying on someone else's roadmap for our DDoS mitigation needs. So we built our own mitigation platform - Athena.

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Athena is an internally developed, custom distributed denial of service (DDoS) mitigation platform that powers the Verisign DDoS Protection Service. This platform is made up of three core components: the shield, proxy and load balancer.

How Athena Works