5 Ways to Protect Yourself From DDoS Attacks

2017-03-02 11:17:33

A simple "DDoS Attack" search on Google News will yield you pages and pages of results about companies or websites suffering from these events. It seems like a growing number of businesses, even those with top-notch security apparatuses, have been victims of these attacks.

Unfortunately, as Deloitte noted in a recent report, the attacks will only escalate as they enter into the terabit age within the next couple of years. This spells trouble for the cybersecurity realm.

You may be asking what exactly is causing unscrupulous hackers to launch a random DDoS attack. If you look at the data, a large percentage of DDoS attacks in the fourth quarter of 2016 were related to the Mirai botnet. Ditto for the Linux-based BillGates and xor malware/botnet pairing. Experts do warn, however, that the more insecure Internet of Things (IoT) devices make their way onto the Internet the higher the number of attacks will arise.

These types of attacks can cost you plenty of money, and it takes a hit to your reputation.

Here are five ways to protect yourself from DDoS Attacks:

Learn, Prepare & Identify DDoS Attacks

First, every company needs to understand what exactly a DDoS attack is. It is essentially a way to overwhelm a service that makes it so that it doesn't actually work anymore.

Next, your business will have to take steps to prepare in the event of a DDoS attack. For whatever reason, a lot of enterprises and websites neglect to prepare because they don't think they'll become a victim at any point in time. This is ridiculous because today everyone's a target.

Lastly, if or when you have experienced a DDoS attack it is imperative to identify the attacker's fingerprint. This is done by seeking out specific types of characteristics and perhaps even styles.

Specialized Software Inside Your Data Centre

An affordable and simple technique to shield yourself from such DDoS attacks is to install a specialized piece of hardware that sits inside of the company's data centre across from the servers, routes and other pieces of equipment. They are meant to detect, filter and defend malicious traffic and can serve as a great deterrent if you know how to employ the software.

Your ISP Can Provide DDoS Protection

A great deal of companies will outsource their DDoS protection to their Internet Service Provider (ISP). ISPs have an immense amount of bandwidth, and are oftentimes more than what the company maintains. This is key because the bandwidth can assist in fending off large-scale attacks.

Hybrid Cloud Mitigation

When you are a company that operates strictly online, you can employ a hybrid cloud approach to your DDoS defense mechanisms. By using both cloud services and on-premises equipment, you can handle attacks that surpass total direct Internet connection levels.

Simply put: if you already on the cloud, you can travel back to your data centre and integrate both techniques.

A Simple DIY Solution...if You're an Expert

Back in the early days of the Internet, it was easy to fend off attacks. Computer programming was elementary, Internet service was slow and online prevalence was limited. Fast forward to the present, and everything has exploded on the web, including cyber attacks, hacks and breaches.

If you are someone who has kept up-to-date with digital security, computer language and online programming then perhaps you can incorporate a do-it-yourself (DIY) solution. You just need to remember that it takes more than simply a firewall to shield yourself against DDoS attacks.

Reports have suggested that DDoS attacks, and a plethora of other security infiltrations and data breaches, have cost the global economy tens of billions of dollars. Whether it is because of a lack of cyber security or because the unscrupulous individuals are too good at what they do, it is safe to say that we need to do more. You can do your part by adding DDoS protections to your arsenal of enterprise security management, and it doesn't matter if it eats away at your budget.

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