Should you be worried about Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks?

The answer is yes. As organisations evolve online services, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are becoming a real problem. It is now not a case of if a business will be hit by such attack, but when.

The size and frequency of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are on the rise – by over 100% year on year – and even large public and private organisations in the UK and Ireland have been affected. For example, the BBC website suffered a DDoS attack and its iPlayer platform was made unavailable for a period. The website for a Manchester casino was also taken offline by a DDoS attack and the owners were contacted by the cyber criminals, who demanded a ransom in bitcoin. In Ireland, the Irish National Lottery and several Irish government websites have also been affected by DDoS attacks, which prevented people from buying online lottery tickets.

One of the major problems with DDoS attacks is that they can easily go undetected for long periods of time before organisations realise, they are under attack. This is because this kind of attacks manifest themselves in unusual ways. For example, they can appear as an uptake in service requests or a major increase in logins to a service. Until someone does some analysis and/or investigation into these events, it will not be clear what is happening.

One of the reasons why DDoS attacks are a significant threat is the ease of perpetrating them combined with the anonymous nature of the internet, meaning attackers are rarely caught.

In order to have an appropriate level of protection from DDoS attacks, organisations must assess how much of their revenue is generated through their website. If the ratio of digital revenue is high, it may be prudent to use a company, such as Covenco Recovery Services, that offers DDoS protection.

With DDoS protection in place, an organisation will have access to a customer support centre, 24/7 all year long, which understands their Network profile and the typical traffic patterns, meaning they can identify a DDoS attack sooner rather than later.

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