John Kristoff, DePaul University
Carel Bitter, Spamhaus
Roland Dobbins, Netscout/Arbor
Damian Menscher, Google
This panel discussion brings together leading network and security experts for a lively discussion on the current state and future of DDoS attacks. Every year new claims of withstanding the world’s largest DDoS attack appear as if this is a desirable badge of honor. How does one conclusively determine how large a global attack even is? For years many have decried the lack of ubiquitous deployment of source address validation as a significant factor in the problem. Must we concede SAV deployment will never be complete? Most networks seem unable to mitigate DDoS without help, but DDoS mitigation services can be extremely costly. Are networks increasingly at the mercy of expensive mitigation solutions or is there a future where DDoS attacks become a historical phenomenon? Botnets and booter services have shown to be driven in large part by a profit motive, but prevention, disruption, and law enforcement response is often painstakingly limited. Little seems to have changed over the years, which leaves us to wonder, why haven’t we solved this problem? These questions and more will be fielded and debated by our esteemed colleagues, and you in the Q&A to follow our brief discussion.