DDoS: Buyer's Guide and Reviews

Discover what real IT Central Station users think of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) vendors.

Cybercrime is a nightmare for the majority of enterprise. Whether it is phishing, ransomware, or DDoS attacks, cybercriminals are constantly targeting vulnerabilities in security systems to try and gain the upper hand. In particular, DDoS attacks have the capacity to severely cripple an organisation's operations and cause damage that can be difficult to recover from. To combat this threat, businesses are investing in solutions that can prevent and mitigate DDoS attacks before they can cause any damage. However, selecting a solution isn't easy and it can be challenging to discern if a particular solution can meet specific business needs.

Over 388,000 professionals have used IT Central Station research to inform their purchasing decisions. Their latest paper looks at the highest rated Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) vendors, profiling each and examining what they can offer enterprise.

Here's a breakdown of the key players currently active in the market:

Arbor DDoS

Average Rating: 8.3

Top Comparison: Radware DefencePro

Overview: Arbor's suite of visibility, DDoS protection, and advanced threat solutions provide customers with a micro view of their network, enhanced by a macro view of global internet traffic and emerging threats through its ATLAS infrastructure.


Average Rating: 8.6

Top Comparison: Imperva Incapsula

Overview: Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with each new site added.

Imperva Incapsula

Average Rating: 9.2

Top Comparison: Cloudflare

Overview: A cloud-based application delivery service that protects websites and safeguards web applications and their data from attacks, and improves their performance by enhancing user experience. Incapsula includes a security platform with a web application firewall, DDoS mitigation, content delivery network, and global load balancer to maximise performance.



Average Rating: 9.3

Top Comparison: ThousandEyes

Overview: With a purpose-built big data engine delivered as public or private SaaS, Kentik captures a high-resolution view of actual network traffic data and enriches it with critical application and business data, so every network event or analysis can be tied to revenue & costs, customer & user experience, performance & risk.



Average Rating: 8.9

Top Comparison: Cloudflare

Overview: A cloud-based, fully managed protective shield for sites and web applications. Hostile traffic is blocked in the cloud, before it reaches the protected network. Reblaze is a comprehensive web security solution, providing a next-gen WAF, DoS and DDoS protection, bot mitigation, scraping prevention, CDN, load balancing, and more.


A10 Thunder TPS

Average Rating: 8.6

Top Comparison: Arbor DDoS

Overview: The Thunder TPS is a family of high-performance DDoS defence solutions that detect and mitigate multi-vector DDoS attacks. Unlike traditional DDoS defences that leave a wake of collateral damage against users, Thunder TPS applies a source-based defence-in-depth mitigation pipeline.

Akamai Kona

Average Rating: 7.5

Top Comparison: Shape Security

Overview: Akamai's Kona Site Defender extends security beyond the data center while maintaining site performance and availability in the face of fast-changing threats. It leverages the power of the Akamai Intelligent Platform to detect, identify and mitigate Denial-of-Service (DoS) and Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks before they ever reach the origin.

Radware DefensePro

Average Rating: 8.3

Top Comparison: Arbor DDoS

Overview: DefensePro is a real-time, perimeter attack mitigation device that secures organisations against emerging network and applications threats. Part of Radware's attack mitigation solution, DefensePro protects the infrastructure against network and application downtime (or slow time), application vulnerability exploitation, malware spread, network anomalies, information theft and other types of attacks.


Average Rating: 8.8

Top Comparison: Arbor DDoS

Overview: Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are ever-evolving and use a variety of technologies. FortiDDoS protects from both known and zero day attacks with very low latency. It's easy to deploy and manage, and includes comprehensive reporting and analysis tools.

F5 Advanced Firewall Manager

Average Rating: 8.5

Top Comparison: N/A

Overview:  F5 gives its customers the freedom to securely deliver every app, anywhere—with confidence. All F5 products are highly programmable and integrate into any environment, whether on premises or in any cloud. To date, 48 of the Fortune 50 companies rely on F5 to deliver apps that customers and employees can securely access at any time, on any device, from any location.

For a detailed look at each vendor's key strengths and weaknesses in the DDoS market, download the full report below: