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Are you safe from DDoS attacks?

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DDoS attacks are popping up everywhere. In its 2013 mid-year threat report, NSFOCUS monitored 168,459 attacks and found that one DDoS attack occurred every two minutes. With such an increase in frequency, it’s no wonder that DDoS mitigation is coming to the forefront. The first step to effectively mitigating these attacks is learning all there is to know about them.

It’s relatively easy to orchestrate a DDoS attack

Most people assume that DDoS attacks are difficult to carry out, and therefore their companies aren’t at risk and won’t be a target. In reality, every business is at risk, regardless of industry, size or other factors. Though hacktivism dominates media coverage when attacks occur, the majority of attacks are driven by business crime. Attackers can be anyone: a disgruntled employee, a competitor looking to shut you down or a hacktivist motivated by politics.

Those people with the skills to carry out attacks have found a healthy job market: DDoS-as-a-service is a growing business, and offers just about anyone the ability to pay for an attack on the site of his choosing. Businesses and organisations that assume they’re not at risk and fail to educate themselves about the nature of DDoS attacks can suffer devastating consequences. Take time to speak with an expert and prepare a plan before your company becomes the victim of a DDoS attack.

Damaging attacks are short and frequent

While it’s true that large-scale attacks can inflict devastating damage, businesses hit with a new attack method that targets the application itself can suffer just as much, if not more, damage. Application-based attacks can corrupt or seriously damage the applications, creating a much more serious situation. Research reveals that attackers are strategically scouting their targets and implementing attack methods that are specifically designed to inflict the most damage using minimal effort. This results in attacks that are short in duration, but occur more frequently until the mission is accomplished. It’s critical to thoroughly examine the applications you use and develop a plan that not only defends them, but also recovers them in the event of a successful attack.

Solutions are affordable

The types of protection companies need will be dependent on their situations. Some companies may benefit from an on-site DDoS defender, while others may be better-suited with an off-site provider. To determine which is best for your company, ask yourself: if an attack successfully takes down my website, would it affect the company’s bottom line? If the answer is yes, then implementing some type of plan or solution should be a top priority.

DDoS is no longer an annoyance; it’s a serious threat. Attack methodologies are constantly evolving, requiring IT teams to stay one step ahead of the game. Educate yourself and understand the possible risks before you find your business under attack and without any plan or solution in place. No matter your security budget, there are options available that can provide tailored infrastructure protection.