Network and infrastructure operators are in a constant arms race with malicious actors. In order to stay ahead of the competition, operators must stay informed about what defensive technologies exist and how to leverage them. One such technology is express data protection (XDP) in combination with extended Berkeley Packet Filter (eBPF). This incredibly flexible framework is a formidable tool for managing unwanted network traffic. Christian Saide gives you the knowledge and skills you need to properly leverage XDP as a defense mechanism and protect your mission-critical services and infrastructure.
We’ll discuss the following key topic areas in depth:
You’ll work through a set of labs where you’ll be walking through examples of how to build, run, and understand:
Every lab is fully annotated and offers complete solutions to all exercises for those looking to learn by seeing or to learn by doing. You’ll leave empowered with the knowledge of how you could use XDP to strengthen your defensive strategies against DDoS attacks.
Christian Saide is a DevOps engineer at NS1, where he has been a key player in automating, hardening, and scaling out its systems, particularly by pushing more and more of its infrastructure into container-based architectures and implementing solutions to the tough problems surrounding global distribution. He also served a critical role in NS1’s move to software-defined networking and authored the primary software-defined networking device and network topology. Christian has been working in the technology sector for five years, focusing on networking and distributed systems. Previously, he was at Industrial Color Software, where he climbed from a midlevel software developer to director of development operations and was instrumental in taking the company’s aging infrastructure from a handful of bare-metal servers to multiple virtualization hosts running hundreds of virtual machines, which in turn supported hundreds of containers.
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