Arbor Networks APS: DDoS Protection Product Overview and Analysis

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Company Description

Arbor Networks was founded in Burlington, Massachusetts, in 2000. Tektronix Communications acquired the company in 2010, and it acquired an Australian company named Packetloop in 2013. In 2015, NetScout acquired Arbor, and it is now considered the security division of NetScout. Its products focus on distributed denial of service (DDoS) prevention, global threat intelligence and network visibility.

Product Description

Arbor utilizes hybrid, multi-layer defenses to protect against all types of DDoS threats. This includes cloud-based protection to defend against large, high-volume attacks. On-premises protection also protects against complicated application-layer and TCP state-exhaustion attacks. Arbor APS incorporates detection and mitigation technology, providing a view of network activities and enabling fast, automatic blocking of attacks before they impact critical applications and services.

Markets and Use Cases

Enterprise, government, financial services and SMBs.


Arbor Networks has a network capacity of 1.14 Tbps, and a scrubbing capacity of 1.14 Tbps. It boasts visibility into 120 Tbps of the world's internet traffic.

Security Qualifications

FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and 3 support; Separate "Trusted-Path" Administration for FIPS 140-2 Level 3; Secure tamper-proof enclosure; Keys cleared if enclosure breached; Power: <25 Watts; Operating Temperature: 0 to 50 C; Regulatory Compliance: CTUVus UL (USA / Canada), FCC / ICES Class A FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and 3 support


Arbor Networks has the ability to handle volumetric, TCP and application-layer DDoS attacks. In addition to the standard techniques for DDoS attack prevention, Arbor Networks uses its ATLAS global threat intelligence feed, and reputation data from the Arbor Security Engineering and Response Team (ASERT). It also extends, automates and integrates protection to the cloud using Cloud Signaling technology to connect on-premises protection with cloud-based DDoS services. The APS can be set to alert upstream service providers, such as the customer’s ISP or Arbor Cloud, when larger attacks threaten availability, ensuring the rapid mitigation of DDoS attacks before they overwhelm local resources.


Hybrid: on-premises and cloud


No agents used.


Arbor Networks does not disclose pricing information.

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