Good news: The Distinguished Lecture with Christoph Dietzel, Global Head of Products & Research of DE-CIX, which had to be cancelled last December, will now be held again, jointly organized with SFB MAKI. The topic is “DDoS Mitigation at Scale - A Research to Product Journey”. The lecture will take place on 09.02.2023 in Zoom.

  • Date: 09.02.2023 at 4:15 p.m.
  • Speaker: Christoph Dietzel, Global Head of Products & Research at DE-CIX
  • Title: DDoS Mitigation at Scale – A Research to Product Journey
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The Internet is omnipresent in our everyday routines – ranging from private affairs to business-critical operations. While the Internet evolved based on a scalable and flexible architecture, it was not designed with today’s high security requirements in mind. Even short disruptions or degradation of services can have a negative impact. Critical interconnection providers manage multiple thousands of interconnections and end-customers, which translates into a significant share of the global Internet traffic. Modern network attacks, including Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS), are continuously increasing in terms of bandwidth and damage, have a devastating impact on their targets, and also put the underlying infrastructure under stress. In his talk, Christoph Dietzel will shed light on the story of a mitigation technique and its research fueled, and discuss why technical superiority is not the only ingredient for adoption in the Internet. He will also explain the practical challenges to implement a new service at the largest Internet eXchange Point (IXP) in the world.

Christoph Dietzel is Global Head of Products & Research at DE-CIX and responsible for the innovation teams, including product management, research & development and project management. In collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science, he also combines practical IXP and computer network innovation with academic research. This challenging substrate of teams and tasks has one common thread: Christoph Dietzel is driving the technological and product future of the DE-CIX interconnection ecosystem, and thus, a part of “the” Internet. Prior to his current position, he was Head of R&D at DE-CIX and responsible for several research initiatives, including numerous projects funded by the public sector. Alongside his duties at DE-CIX, Christoph Dietzel earned a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) from the Technische Universität Berlin in Computer Science, with a focus on Internet measurements and security, routing, and new networking technologies.