Project Shield


Project Shield is a free service that uses Google technology to protect news sites and free expression from DDoS attacks on the web.

What is Project Shield? 

The world’s news is under threat from DDoS attacks – a simple and inexpensive way for anyone with an Internet connection to take down a news organization anywhere in the world. This type of cyber attack is one of the most pernicious forms of censorship in the 21st century.

Jigsaw’s Project Shield is a free service that uses Google’s technology to protect independent news sites and human rights groups from DDoS attacks. In light of the rising threat, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced earlier this year that Shield is available to journalists, news sites, and human rights organizations around the world for free.

Protecting news from digital (DDoS) attacks


How does Project Shield protect your site from DDoS? 

Web traffic to sites protected by Project Shield is first sent through the Shield servers in Google’s data centers, where attack traffic is blocked and legitimate traffic is allowed to pass through. This protects your site against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks in two ways:

  1. It filters harmful traffic. Project Shield filters out harmful traffic using Google’s technology and DDoS defenses. If someone tries to take your website down with a DDoS attack, Project Shield can identify and block harmful traffic so your website stays up and running.
  2. It absorbs traffic through caching. Project Shield can cache – or save – versions of your content to serve to website visitors. This reduces traffic requests to your website server and absorbs potential DDoS attacks. For example, if many visitors want to view the same content on your website (or, in a DDoS attack, an attacker is trying to overwhelm your website with traffic), Project Shield will fetch the content from your website's server once and then serve a cached copy repeatedly.

Learn how to apply for Product Shield here.