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Docker Cloud Slammed by DDos Attacks; Don't Be a Victim

Posted on 7.20.2016

Websites running on the Docker Cloud, the hosted container management and deployment service, experienced a DNS outage this week.

Docker notified users on its system status page that an "unusual" high load on its DNS servers was causing some lookups to fail and there was a corresponding thread about the issue in its forum. That wasn't enough however for some Docker users and they weren't shy about sharing their discontent with others. While solution providers like Docker do have a responsibility to monitor and maintain the integrity of their networks, so does every enterprise.

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This specific instance, and the many other instances when DDoS attacks negatively impact the digital experience, should encourage internal IT departments (or anyone working with networks), to pay close attention to their own protocols and processes.

Avi Freeman, co-founder and CEO of Kentik, a service that protects network supply chains of entertainment companies like Pandora and Yelp, contacted Website Magazine to share a few tips about what businesses can do to protect their networks as well.

1. Pick the right fleet when using containers--resource and task teams to develop a (digital supply-chain) game plan. This requires developing a map of all digital trading dependencies, from end-users to API calls.

2. Own the ship: Develop the expertise to play the Internet connectivity game like owners, and not renters of digital destiny. For example, instead of simply trusting a couple of major telco’s to carry all our traffic, actively exploring and executing direct Internet connectivity with major digital trading partners.

3. Keep the strong: Invest in cloud-scale, big data tools to equip my teams to run a data-driven operation, rather than relying on educated guesswork. Because if digital business is the game now, mastering your digital supply chain is how you play to win.

Docker, of course, did take corrective measures to ensure the situation does not occur in the future, and, indicated it has taken steps to ensure that user applications will not be affected in the event that Docker Cloud experiences another outage moving forward.


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