Cloudflare believes it’s vital to protect the democratic process by ensuring the greatest level of security and performance of election websites. We’ve created the Athenian Project to offer state and local governments our highest level of protection free of charge. As an Internet performance and security company that handles 10% of global Internet traffic, Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code.
State and local governments can participate in the Athenian Project if they own or run a website related to:
The administration of elections, including the provision of information related to voting and polling places;
Voter data, including voter registration or verification; or
The reporting of election results.
Under the Athenian Project, they provide their Enterprise service which includes a Web Application Firewall (WAF) to protect against common attacks such as SQL injection and cross-site scripting, rate-limiting, DNSSEC, Content Delivery Network (CDN), SSL encryption by default, unmetered mitigation of DDoS attacks, a dedicated email support alias and 24/7 emergency support phone number.
Specifically, Cloudflare’s Rate Limiting is a strategy for limiting network traffic. It puts a cap on how often someone can repeat an action within a certain timeframe – for instance, trying to log in to an account. Rate limiting can help stop certain kinds of malicious bot activity. It can also reduce strain on web servers. Cloudflare Rate Limiting automatically identifies and mitigates excessive request rates for specific URLs or for an entire domain. Request rates are calculated locally for individual Cloudflare data centers. The most common uses for Rate Limiting are DDoS protection, Brute-force attack protection, and to limit access to forum searches, API calls, or resources that involve database-intensive operations at your origin.
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