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Service providers are talking among themselves and creating their own internal strategies for how to deal with this type of an "Armageddon" attack. Specific plans are unavailable, but Arbor Networks' Morales says the discussions are clearly under way.
"They will need to address the source of the attacks, and I believe they are trying to form collateral agreements for cooperation in blocking malicious hosts," he said. "They need to take those hosts completely off the Internet, and they need to establish cooperation among the service providers in order take down the source."
Morales recommends that channel partners protect their customers through strategies focused on defense in depth. This would include best practices designed to reduce attack surfaces as well as the delivery of best-of-breed solutions. "A compliance checkbox will not be sufficient," he added. "They have to make choices based on who has the right feature sets and work with their upstream providers to get some type of coverage against the threats that are beyond their capacity."