15 Dec What is a DDoS Attack and How Can I Protect Myself?
What is a DDoS Attack?
In simple terms, a DDoS attack (Distributed Denial of Service) is when many different compromised systems target a single system and overwhelm it, thereby causing a disruption in service. Attackers use various methods to disrupt their victims’ services and these methods are constantly evolving to tackle new defenses. As a result, it is often quite difficult for defense systems to tell legitimate service requests apart from those sent by the attacking systems. One major point in the evolution of DDoS attacks is that as systems speeds increase so does the speed of the attack and so as technology continues to move forward, these attacks become increasingly more difficult to deal with.
How Can I Protect Myself?
Given the nature of a DDoS attack, it is important to think of your defense as a strategy rather than a cut and dry solution. Having said all of that, the most practical and effective thing to do to defend your business from a DDoS attack is simply to have someone with more experience to do it for you. There are multiple services that cater to the needs of individuals and small to mid sized businesses to protect themselves from cyberattacks. These services (Incapsula, Cloudflare, and Radware, to name a few) monitor your website 24/7 and can automatically detect and mitigate DDoS attacks. The cost of these services varies depending on your specific needs and many of them offer security services beyond just DDoS mitigation. In the end though, it is almost definitely a smarter business decision to pay for expert protection rather than taking the DIY approach.