Gladius: a decentralized solution to protect against DDoS attacks
DDoS attacks are quickly emerging as a risk inherent to operating an online business. The losses that a business may sustain as a result of such attacks are not only financial, but extend to the loss of uptime, crisis PR and consumer trust.
Gladius presents a new decentralized platform to ensure protection from DDoS attacks. Within the platform, users can connect to nearest protection pools and get acceleration for their content as well as protection from DDoS attacks. Gladius is an application with an intuitive interface and powerful insight tools that enable users to protect and accelerate their websites.
Gladius is a multifaceted solution comprising the following products:
– Gladius Desktop Client
Users can rent out their spare bandwidth in exchange for Gladius tokens.
– Gladius Web Portal
This product tracks attacks and bandwidth usage and gains insights into the user’s traffic.
– Gladius Network Pools
A marketplace for network pools where users can select a pool depending on its price, availability, and location.
The ICO is covered by a comprehensive whitepaper . The whitepaper starts with identifying the problem. DDoS attacks are increasingly becoming an urgent reality for online businesses with a total of $150 billion loss over 2016 alone.
The only effective method of protection against DDoS attacks is having access to enough bandwidth to be able to filter junk data and client access requests. Traditional platforms use geographically separated high-maintenance servers, which leads to disproportionately high prices for their services.
The mission of the Gladius team is to leverage the advantages of blockchain technology and provide a competitive CDN service based on the Ethereum blockchain, where users will be able to get effective and inexpensive protection from DDoS attacks or to rent out their unused bandwidth for a good cause in exchange for Gladius tokens.
The Gladius team plans to roll out its product in three phases:
– Phase 1 (expected to be completed by March 2018)
The goal at this phase is to complete a working first iteration of the CDN and DDoS protection network. The network will handle several Gbs of traffic per second. The operations at this stage will also include private rollout to select partner websites.
– Phase 2 (expected to be completed by August 2018)
The goal at this phase is to provide a full-fledged commercially viable CDN network.
– Phase 3 (expected to be completed by December 2018)
Several features will be added to the operational Gladius network such as multi-pool support for paid protection users and novel CDN techniques to increase load speeds.
The Gladius core team assembled in early 2017 at the University of Maryland. The team comprised students interested in blockchain, cybersecurity and computer science. The founders are Max Niebylski, CEO, a proponent of blockchain and decentralization with 8+ years of experience in entrepreneurship and programming, Alexander Godwin, CTO, who is a key personality in charge of developing smart contracts and system architecture, and Marcelo McAndrew, COO, who develops the Gladius Desktop Client and Web Portal. The web developer is Konrad Seweryn, a full-stack developer and founder of CracSoft.
The advisory board includes such notables as Jeremy Epstein, a marketing faculty member for the Blockchain Research Institute and co-founder of CryptoExplorers, Michael Terpin, of BitAngels, Bitcoin Syndicate, and CoinAgenda, and Frank Bonnet, founder and developer of Dcorp.
Audit and ratings
Gladius team worked with Hosho and SmartDec to generate actionable security reports and bug test their code and successfully passed all controls. SmartDec are quoted as “the audit showed high code quality and security of the project.” According to Hosho, “the quality of the contracts are high and has been found free of security issues.”
Most of the traffic comes to this ICO from the United States, Vietnam, France, Germany and Russia. Over 37% of the traffic in the mix is delivered via referrals from such websites as Investopedia and Bitcointalk. Slightly over 27% of the traffic is direct, while the share of social traffic in the mix is 10%. The leading sources of social traffic are Reddit, YouTube and Facebook. 0,78% of all ethereum traffic is generated by ethereum ads.
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