Cybersecurity and Performance for Government & Public Sector

Protect and accelerate mission-critical Internet assets and infrastructure

Federal and State governments are required to maintain a digital presence, meeting high standards of effectiveness and usability and providing quality information that is readily accessible to all1.

This task is becoming increasingly difficult, as the number of cyber incidents reported by federal agencies has jumped more than 1,300 percent, from 5,503 to 77,183, over the last 10 years, through fiscal 20152. As of May 2017, Executive Order 13800 was signed into office, ensuring that cybersecurity protections are in place, which requires work on each department's’ part to comply with new regulations. This Executive Order also establishes that the President will hold heads of executive departments and agencies accountable for managing cybersecurity risk to their enterprises.

Entities at state and local levels, such as educational institutions, museums, and state departments, which are managing Internet assets and critical infrastructure, continue to be at greater risk due to distributed cybersecurity teams with non-cohesive security practices.

Cloudflare’s 20 Tbps global Anycast network of 155 data centers across 75 countries, including 21 in mainland China, protects government and public sector Internet properties from application layer attacks, botnets, and other automated distributed threats, while ensuring highly available and performant experiences across all visitor devices.

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Protect Against Malicious Traffic

Protect Against Malicious Traffic

Cloudflare’s 20 Tbps global Anycast network of 155 data centers across 75 countries is 15x bigger than the largest distributed attack ever recorded. Cloudflare’s DDoS protection mitigates attacks targeting layers 3, 4, and 7, as well as DNS.

Protect Sensitive Data from Breaches

Protect Sensitive Data from Breaches

Protect against new and evolving threats through shared intelligence across 12 million websites and automatically updated WAF rules. Cloudflare reduces the risk of data compromise through a layered security defense (Rate Limiting, DNS, SSL/TLS, WAF, Firewall).

Accelerated Performance

Accelerated Performance

Cloudflare’s Anycast content delivery network caches static content closest to visitors, reducing latency and accelerating page load times. Combined with website optimizations, load balancing, and smart routing, Cloudflare ensure fast and highly available experiences across multiple devices.

Cost Savings

Cost Savings

Predictable flat-rate pricing means never being charged for bandwidth usage, even in the case of legitimate traffic spikes or attack. Additionally, Cloudflare caches and serves static content, saving on monthly bandwidth costs.

Trusted Implementation Partners

Cloudflare is proud to partner with trusted and certified MSPs, ISVs, and VARs to deliver security and performance to government and public sector Internet properties.

Customer Case Study

"Cloudflare helped me solve the technical problem, implement a solution on a Friday night before a long weekend, and said we could worry about the money next week. As someone who was at maximum frustration that was music to my ears."

Cloudflare Security

Cloudflare’s 20 Tbps global Anycast network of 155 data centers across 75 countries is 10x bigger than the largest distributed attack ever recorded. Cloudflare’s DDoS protection mitigates attacks targeting layers 3, 4, and 7, as well as DNS. When combined with Web Application Firewall (WAF), Cloudflare mitigates complex attacks targeting the application layer, while protecting against distributed denial-of-service, brute-force login, and API endpoint abuse with fine grain and SSL/TLS around the world. And for additional domain security, Cloudflare is an ICANN accredited registrar, providing secure domain registration and hijack prevention.

"In this year’s historic Senate Special election, it was crucial that our website be able to handle spikes in traffic and remain online in the event of attack. It is very important to our state government and democracy as a whole that voters and the public be able to access registrar, election information, and election results. Cloudflare proved to be an excellent partner, helping us achieve this goal."
Jim Purcell
Acting Secretary of Information Technology,
State of Alabama

Cloudflare Performance

Cloudflare improves the visitor experience of websites, applications, and APIs by reducing latency and optimizing the performance of content delivery. At the core of Cloudflare’s solution is a global content delivery network (CDN) of 155 data centers across 75 countries, bringing content closer to visitors of every region; additional CDN optimizations include auto-minification of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and Gzip compression, saving over 20% on the size of files and resources.

Real-time network intelligence found in Argo’s smart routing finds the fastest paths available, routing around congestion and maintaining open, secure connections to eliminate latency imposed by connection-setup. For additional availability with reductions in latency, Cloudflare Load Balancing distributes traffic across multiple servers, routing it to the closest geographic region, while rapidly avoiding failures.

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Cloudflare Features

Cloudflare's Performance and Security Services work in conjunction to reduce latency of websites, mobile applications, and APIs end-to-end, while protecting against DDoS attack, abusive bots, and data breach.


Cloudflare Performance Services improve conversions, reduce churn, and improve visitor experiences by accelerating web and mobile performance, while keeping applications available.

  • Content Delivery Network (CDN)

    With 155 data centers across 75 countries, Cloudflare’s Anycast CDN caches static content at the edge, reducing latency by delivering assets as close as geographically possible to visitors.
  • Website Optimizations

    Cloudflare includes a suite of web optimizations to improve the performance of Internet assets. Optimizations include the latest web standards, such as HTTP/2 and TLS 1.3, as well as proprietary enhancements for images and mobile device visitors.
  • DNS

    Cloudflare is the fastest managed DNS provider in the world, routing over 39% of all global DNS traffic. Cloudflare has multiple ways to achieve maximum performance for online assets.
  • Load Balancing

    Cloudflare Load Balancing provides load balancing, geo-steering, monitoring and failover for single, hybrid-cloud, and multi-cloud environments, enhancing performance and availability.
  • Argo Smart Routing

    Argo Smart Routing improves Internet asset performance on average of 35% by routing visitors through the least congested and most reliable paths on Cloudflare's private network.
  • Railgun

    Railgun compresses previously uncacheable web objects up to 99.6% by leveraging techniques similar to those used in the compression of high-quality video. This results in an average 200% additional performance increase.
  • Stream

    Cloudflare Stream makes streaming high quality video at scale, easy and affordable.
  • Workers

    Cloudflare Workers let developers run JavaScript Service Workers in Cloudflare's 155 data centers around the world.
  • Mobile SDK

    Cloudflare’s Mobile SDK provides visibility into application performance and load times across any global carrier network.


Cloudflare Security Services reduce the risk of lost customers, declining revenues, and degraded brand by protecting against DDoS attacks, abusive bots, and data breach.

  • Anycast Network

    With 155 data centers across 75 countries and 20 Tbps of capacity, Cloudflare’s Anycast network absorbs distributed attack traffic by dispersing it geographically, while keeping Internet properties available and performant.

    DNSSEC is the Internet’s non-spoofable caller ID. It guarantees a web application’s traffic is safely routed to the correct servers so that a site’s visitors are not intercepted by a hidden “man-in-the-middle” attacker.
  • Web Application Firewall (WAF)

    Cloudflare’s enterprise-grade web application firewall (WAF) detects and block common application layer vulnerabilities at the network edge, utilising the OWASP Top 10, application-specific and custom rulesets.
  • Rate Limiting

    Rate Limiting protects critical resources by providing fine-grained control to block or qualify visitors with suspicious request rates.
  • SSL / TLS

    Transport Security Layer (TLS) encryption enables HTTPS connections between visitors and origin server(s), preventing man-in-the-middle attacks, packet sniffing, the display of web browser trust warnings, and more.
  • Secure Registrar

    Cloudflare is an ICANN accredited registrar, protecting organizations from domain hijacking with high-touch, online and offline verification for any changes to a registrar account.
  • Orbit

    Cloudflare Orbit solves security-related issues for Internet of Things devices at the network level.
  • Argo Tunnel

    Cloudflare creates an encrypted tunnel between its nearest data center and an application’s origin server without opening a public inbound port.
  • Access

    Secure, authenticate, and monitor user access to any domain, application, or path on Cloudflare.
  • Spectrum

    Spectrum protects TCP applications and ports from volumetric DDoS attacks and data theft by proxying non-web traffic through Cloudflare’s Anycast network.