Common security threats – DDoS

The first key to any effective security game plan is knowing what you’re up against. We decided to share some of our knowledge and create for you a set of short, informative but simple blogs where you’ll learn all about ten of the most common threats your company is likely to face. While by no means comprehensive, these blogs can help you better understand some of the tactics being directed against you and your users, along with the specific reasons you’re potentially vulnerable to each.

From phishing to ransomware to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, the more you know about these threats, the better. They’re some of the leading causes of data breaches, downtime, and a severe lack of sleep 🙂

Distributed Denial of Service Attack – What it is:

There is only so much traffic a computer system can process before it starts to slow down and becomes overwhelmed. By gaining control over a large number of hijacked systems and devices (referred to as a botnet), attackers can direct massive amounts of connection requests or packets of random data at a single target all at once, to overload the system and take it offline.

What makes protection a challenge:

The larger the botnet, the more damage a DDoS attack can do. The best you can hope for when you’re attacked is that you’re subscribed to an anti-DDoS service, but even that doesn’t provide a guarantee you’ll stay up and running if you’re dealing with an attack with a high level of magnitude. To make matters worse, sometimes attackers will contact their targets ahead of time and threaten to knock them offline unless “protection money” is paid upfront. It can be challenging to discern whether such threats or only scams and — as is the case with ransomware — giving in to criminal extortion demands never comes with a guarantee.

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