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What is Bot Management

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Bot management is the effective and efficient detection and control of hostile bot traffic. There are several elements to this definition. Bots are filtered through multiple steps, starting with fast and computationally inexpensive methods such as signature, agent, and environmental profiling

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Summary

Bot management is the effective and efficient detection and control of hostile bot traffic. There are several elements to this definition. Bots are filtered through multiple steps, starting with fast and computationally inexpensive methods such as signature, agent, and environmental profiling

What is Bot Management

Bot management is the effective and efficient detection and control of hostile bot traffic. There are several elements to this definition.

Effective. An effective bot management solution must be able to identify and block even modern bots that can bypass traditional detection methods.

Efficient. The most sophisticated bots require significant computational  resources to identify. However, traffic scrubbing must occur in real time. An efficient bot management solution has to reliably detect bots while maintaining high levels of performance.

Reblaze does this with a multi-stage bot detection process.

Bots are filtered through multiple steps, starting with fast and computationally inexpensive methods such as signature, agent, and environmental profiling. This quickly eliminates a large amount of older bots. Subsequent steps (primary and dynamic filtering) are more resource intensive, but can identify and block more bots. The most intensive processing (biometric behavioral analysis based on Machine Learning) is only applied to the traffic that passed all the earlier stages. 

This allows Reblaze to accurately identify even the most sophisticated bots with minimal latency (generally 1.5 milliseconds or less).

Detection. The solution must be able to identify malicious bots, regardless of their purpose or characteristics–even the most sophisticated modern bots which have been programmed to credibly mimic human behavior.

Control. Most of the features of a modern bot management solution are focused on the items above (effective, efficient detection). The state-of-the-art is to push forward into other capabilities as well, and control what the bots are doing. 

For example, consider an ecommerce store which is being besieged with price-scraping bots from competitors. Rather than merely blocking these bots (which the competitors would notice, and try to overcome), the victimized store might instead serve these bots with falsified data. This would sabotage the competitors who were trying to steal and use that data. Therefore, instead of merely reacting passively to bots, the victim will manage and control the bots’ activities, and defeating the malicious purposes for which they had been sent.

There’s much more that could be said about effective bot management. To get a demo of Reblaze–one of the industry-leading platforms for advanced bot management–contact us here.

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