Does Digital Ocean have a DOS Protection Stragegy?

I have tried several cloud providers(google, aws), but I have always fallen victim to DOS attack, fake martian packet attacks, that cripple down my servers, I have had to shutdown my servers.

I have just configured a digital ocean accounts added payment, but still hesitant to execute service with them. Do they have any protection against DOS? if not what’s the solution then.

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January 26, 2020
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Hi @wangoloj,

At Datacenter level, DigitalOcean is well-protected. Even if DDoS attack happen to Datacenter, you should still be able to use site normally. There was an answer on Community about measures DigitalOcean takes for Datacenter so you can read them here.

About your server (Droplet)… you’re on your own here. However you can take some additional measures to make it more secure.

CloudFlare is probably best out-of-box solution but if it doesn’t suit your needs you can do some server tweaking.

Set up Firewall. Allow only ports you use. Disable ping requests via firewall to be more protected against that type of attacks. When you get DDoS attack you can use firewall to block IP ranges.

Research about Load Balancing. That can help take load from one server to multiple and make your site harder to go down.

Also, you can take a look at advanced Logging system so you have better management over server.

For all abode DigitalOcean has great tutorials that can get you help starting.

Regards, KDSys

Bobby Iliev
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November 1, 2023

Hello there,

Quick update here. I’m excited to share that DigitalOcean has introduced a new feature in response to the valuable feedback we’ve received from users like you: DigitalOcean DDoS Protection:

Here are some key points about this new offering:

  1. Cost: DigitalOcean DDoS Protection is available at no additional cost. That’s right, it’s a free service for all users!

  2. Coverage: The protection extends to a range of DigitalOcean resources including:

    • Droplets
    • Kubernetes
    • Managed Databases
    • Load Balancers
    • Reserved IPs
  3. Protection Layers: This service provides protection primarily at the Network (layer 3) and Transport (layer 4) layers of the OSI model. Please note that Application layer (layer 7) DDoS Protection is currently not supported.

  4. Latency Concerns: One of the standout features of this service is that mitigation takes place entirely within the DigitalOcean network. This means that data traffic doesn’t leave our network for mitigation, ensuring that your applications experience no additional latency.

  5. Overall Benefit: DigitalOcean DDoS Protection is an always-on service designed to defend your DigitalOcean cloud resources against a range of generalized, network-layer DDoS attacks. This ensures that your apps and websites run smoothly, without the threat of potential disruptions from such attacks.



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