Course Description

In this 1-day class, you will learn how to form network baseline data, and how to recognize and mitigate individual and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks while preserving service and network performance.

In interactive labs, you will deploy FortiDDoS to learn about normal network traffic patterns. Then you will simulate attacks, observe the defense, and adjust the automatically estimated behavior.

With a focus on core feature skills, topics also include network behavior analysis and ASIC chips.


  • Instructor-led classroom

Product Versions

FortiDDoS 4.0


  1. Introduction & Deployment
  2. Initial Configuration
  3. Monitoring & Reporting
  4. Global Settings
  5. Service Protection Profiles


After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Train your FortiDDoS to recognize your unique network patterns
  • Choose the right FortiDDoS model
  • Distinguish a DDoS from a rush of Reddit traffic on a successful Thursday marketing campaign
  • Defend against both volumetric and mechanistic DDoS attacks
  • Mitigate SYN floods
  • Handle attacks from dynamic or Tor-masked IPs by FortiGuard IP Reputation and aging data
  • Detect connections from proxies
  • Inspect HTTP traffic on non-standard ports
  • Deploy to protect both network appliances and servers
  • Describe how the blocking periods and penalty factors intelligently determine which packets will be dropped after an attack has been detected
  • Implement bypass or high availability FortiDDoS cluster for maximum service uptime
  • Understand when to use Detection vs. Prevention mode
  • Create “Do Not Track” policies
  • Whitelist “safe” clients and servers
  • Characterize different types of attacks by using logs and statistics graphs.
  • Troubleshoot incorrect thresholds

Who Should Attend

Anyone who is responsible for deployment and day-to-day management of a FortiDDoS appliance.


  • Knowledge of TCP, UDP, ICMP, and HTTP protocols
  • Knowledge of network security

System Requirements

There is no online version of this course. Training classrooms are equipped with lab equipment.


This course prepares you for the FortiDDoS Specialist Exam. This course is part of preparation for the NSE 6 certification exam.

How to Enroll

Use the following link to enroll in the instructor-led format of this course through the NSE Institute: