We are Gladius: A cybersecurity startup that lets you sell your unused bandwidth to protect websites against DDoS attacks. Ask us anything!
EDIT: The AMA has concluded! Thank you for all the great questions and we are looking forward to seeing some of you in our beta program next week!
What is Gladius?
[Gladius](www.gladius.io) is the decentralized solution to protect against DDoS attacks by allowing individuals to join geographically relevant protection groups and contribute to website security and load speeds, all while earning money for it. With an easy to use interface as well as powerful insight tools, Gladius enables anyone to protect and accelerate their web application. Powered by the Ethereum blockchain, we are able to create a trustless network where every network message can be privately verified. We're headquartered in Washington D.C. with a branch in New York City.
What is Gladius up to?
After months of closed beta testing in 66 countries, we are releasing our first open beta early next week! You will be able to download our software for free and start earning Gladius Tokens. To learn about how you get involved, join our Telegram chat [here](t.me/gladiusio). Also be sure to go to our [website](www.gladius.io) and subscribe to get notified when we go live! (Our new website will be up the day we launch)
What is DDoS and why are we the best solution?
DDoS stands for Distributed Denial of Service. A DDoS attack focuses on overloading the available resources of a given site, datacenter, or application. By sending too much traffic or even junk traffic at a web application, an attacker can overload the system, which in turn prevents it from working properly. These types of attacks are usually carried out as diversionary tactics but can also be used to send a statement.
Websites sitting behind CDN (Content Distribution Network) networks gain the advantage of distribution. The more places the content exists, the less likely a single outage or DDoS attack can take that content down. Layering this protection in front of proxy nodes, which act a distributed firewalls, and Master nodes, which can do deep packet inspection and regex filtering, can filter down or eliminate vulnerabilities associated with advanced persistent threat vectors. All combined, a website sitting behind a CDN network and secured behind multiple layers creates "Defense in Depth" and gives the content owners an advantage over malicious actors.
Current CDNs are centralized. DDoS mitigation is centralized, overpriced or requires far too much infrastructure. Data centers are hard to secure and are static and migration is hard in case of failure. Gladius believes we can improve on current DDoS and CDN offerings by reducing costs substantially by reducing overhead and spreading out costs amongst thousands or even millions of nodes.
Who are we?
Max Niebylski - Founder, CEO
Alex Godwin - Co-Founder, CTO, Networking Software Engineer
Marcelo McAndrew - Co-Founder, COO, Web/Blockchain Software Engineer
Nathan Grey - Web/Blockchain Software Engineer
Stuart McDonald - Networking Software Engineer
Patrick McMichael - Sales Engineer
Nicholas Zaslavsky - Social Director
Learn more about Gladius:
Community Telegram: https://t.me/gladiusio