As more companies become reliant upon online services like cloud computing and take steps to improve their network security accordingly, distributed detail of service (DDoS) attacks have become a more attractive strategy for hackers looking to create chaos and disruption. Easy to organize and execute, DDoS attacks have become more sophisticated and intense over the last decade and show little sign of slowing. Although organizations and data centers have ramped up their cybersecurity efforts to mitigate the impact of these attacks, they can still be quite damaging for both the companies targeted and the customers who rely upon their services to do business.
Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks pose a significant threat to today’s companies. Easy to orchestrate, DDoS attacks typically use malware to turn otherwise mundane computer systems into guided missiles that are then directed at a single network as part of a botnet. Overwhelmed by this influx of traffic, most servers end up crashing, disrupting services and costing companies an average of $2.5 million.
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What starts out as a day like any other for your business can quickly turn into a nightmare when you notice an influx of traffic putting strain on your network. At first glance, you may think that you’re in for a record-breaking day of profits, with more visitors than you’ve ever had before. But then the traffic keeps coming. Struggling to keep up with the influx of visitors, your network buckles, slowing down to a near crawl before the system becomes completely unresponsive as it drowns in a never-ending tide of access requests.
Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have long been a concern among cybersecurity experts, but they’ve gained more prominence in recent years as the frequency and intensity of these attacks have grown. According to a report by NetScout Arbor, the total number of attacks increased from 6.8 million in 2016 to 7.5 million in 2017, with 60% of organizations surveyed across enterprise, government, and education sectors reporting between one to ten attacks. At the opposite extreme, 13% reported more than 100 attacks over a 12 month period.
Larger more frequent attacks increase business risk requiring 'Smarter' Solutions 2017 is set to be the year of the DDoS. Deloitte warns that this year DDoS attacks will become far more sophisticated, requiring innovative measures to prevent your business from becoming the next victim. From 2013 to 2015, the average DDoS attack increased 30 percent in size. However, 2016 saw the first two attacks running at greater than one terabit per second.
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks has become a part of life for American business. Is it Russian hackers or just some bored kid in his bedroom? If you are a Network Administrator, CIO, or anyone concerned about the health of your business, it doesn’t matter who the attacker is. All you know is that your servers are down, your website is unresponsive, and in a digital economy, that means you are losing money every second.