Lately it seems the big buzz around the computing world has moved from “Web 2.0” to “Cloud Computing”. All sorts of services are moving into the cloud: storage, content delivery, and pretty soon Google will even release their Chrome OS, a netbook OS running entirely in the cloud.

What does this mean for the average user? Not too much, they just need internet access. But for the serving body? They need to really lock down their assets, and make sure their services will be highly available. This means in addition to protecting from finesse attacks based on software flaws, extra special attention needs to be paid to mitigating Denial of Service attacks.

I’ve written a paper on why this is so important, available [by clicking right here]. This covers why it’s so important to protect the cloud against denial of service attacks, as well as common types of attacks and how to defend against them. It will bring you though a shallow analysis (with pretty pictures) of DoS attacks, their defences, and even an overview on the Storm botnet and how it operates.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or comments, especially suggestions for improvements.