AWS Shield Standard


Quick detection

AWS Shield Standard provides always-on network flow monitoring which inspects incoming traffic to AWS and uses a combination of traffic signatures, anomaly algorithms and other analysis techniques to detect malicious traffic in real-time

Inline attack mitigation

Automated mitigation techniques are built-into AWS Shield Standard, giving you protection against common, most frequently occurring infrastructure attacks. Automatic mitigations are applied inline to your applications so there is no latency impact. AWS Shield Standard uses several techniques like deterministic packet filtering, and priority based traffic shaping to automatically mitigate attacks without impact to your applications. You can also mitigate application layer DDoS attacks by writing rules using AWS WAF. With AWS WAF you only pay for what you use. When you use AWS Shield Standard with Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53, you receive comprehensive availability protection against all known infrastructure (Layer 3 and 4) attacks.

AWS Shield Advanced


Enhanced detection

AWS Shield Advanced provides enhanced detection, inspecting network flows and also monitoring application layer traffic to your Elastic IP address, Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), Amazon CloudFront, or Amazon Route 53 resources. Using additional techniques like resource specific monitoring, AWS Shield Advanced provides granular detection of DDoS attacks. AWS Shield Advanced detects application layer DDoS attacks like HTTP floods or DNS query floods by baselining traffic on your resource and identifying anomalies.

Advanced attack mitigation

AWS Shield Advanced provides you with more sophisticated automatic mitigations for attacks targeting your applications running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), Amazon CloudFront, and Amazon Route 53 resources. Using advanced routing techniques, AWS Shield Advanced automatically provides additional mitigation capacity to protect against larger DDoS attacks. The AWS DDoS Response Team (DRT) also applies manual mitigations for more complex and sophisticated DDoS attacks. For application layer attacks, you can use AWS WAF to respond to incidents. With AWS WAF you can set up proactive rules like Rate Based Blacklisting to automatically block bad traffic, or respond immediately to incidents as they happen. There is no additional charge for using AWS WAF for application layer protection. You can also engage directly with the DRT to place AWS WAF rules on your behalf, in response to an application layer DDoS attack. The DRT will diagnose the attack and, with your permission, apply mitigations on your behalf.

Visibility and attack notification

AWS Shield Advanced gives you complete visibility into DDoS attacks with near real-time notification via Amazon CloudWatch and detailed diagnostics on the “AWS WAF and AWS Shield” Management Console. Working with the DDoS Response Team (DRT) you can access post-event analysis and investigation. You can also view a summary of prior attacks from the “AWS WAF and AWS Shield” Management Console.

DDoS cost protection

AWS Shield Advanced comes with “DDoS cost protection”, a safeguard from scaling charges as a result of a DDoS attack that cause usage spikes on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), Amazon CloudFront or Amazon Route 53. If any of these services scale up in response to a DDoS attack, AWS will provide AWS Shield service credits for charges due to usage spikes. For more details on how to request service credits, please go to AWS WAF and AWS Shield Advanced Documentation.

Specialized support

With AWS Shield Advanced you have 24x7 access to the AWS DDoS Response Team (DRT), who can be engaged before, during, or after a DDoS attack. The DRT will help triage the incidents, identify root causes, and apply mitigations on your behalf. You can also engage with the DRT for any post attack analysis.

Global availability

AWS Shield Advanced is available globally on all Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53 edge locations. You can protect your web applications hosted anywhere in the world by deploying Amazon CloudFront in front of your application. Your origin servers can be Amazon S3, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), or a custom server outside of AWS. You can also enable AWS Shield Advanced directly on an Elastic IP or Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) in the following AWS Regions - Northern Virginia, Oregon, Ireland, Tokyo, and Northern California.

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