DDoS attacks are becoming an increasing reality of operating a business with an internet presence. These attacks can cost an incredible amount of money, not just in lost uptime, but also a loss of consumer trust and crisis PR. Last year alone DDoS attacks amounted to a $150 billion loss, while on average corporations can spend over $5000 a month on protection from other DDoS protection services, even if they never suffer an attack. This happens while a majority of computing power and bandwidth in the world goes unused. Gladius envisions a future where these vast resources can be utilized to mitigate attacks. (Incapsula and SecureList)
By leveraging the blockchain to allow communication between computers, and a pay as you go marketplace, Gladius can facilitate the creation of the extremely fault tolerant and inexpensive pools tailored to a client’s specific needs. Asside from just filtering traffic, these pools will be able to accelerate content as well.
By decentralizing and removing the middleman, the whole nature of protecting a website will change. Buisness that previously couldn’t afford adequate protection can purchase services that perfectly fit their budget. Those paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for a service they never fully utilize can start paying for only exactly what they use – and for much less. In addition, customers who are tired of paying for a high speed internet connection (that is only used for a few hours a day) can finally put that connection to good use.