The growing global dependence on the Internet as the backbone for organizations to conduct business and ultimately generate revenue is leading to a corresponding exponential surge in DDoS attack traffic. This trend will continue for the foreseeable future with broad implications for network security. In the face of this heightened threat level, traditional approaches to DDoS protection are proving ineffective. The never ending increase in available Internet bandwidth and the widespread access to cyber-attack software tools and even services has led to an explosion in the use of these tactics by cyber criminals to disrupt business.