What IT managers need to know about DDoS attacks

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are one of the most common cyber threats companies face now. In this guest post, IT security expert George Hillston offers some advice on stopping those attacks. 

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DDoS attacks are launched from multiple compromised systems by Internet hackers for a variety of reasons.

Attackers are usually able to install a virus or Trojan on a compromised system. They are capable of taking control of its communication functions and, more damaging, make the business’ network lose connectivity or cause the company’s website to be unavailable. This could have devastating effects for a business which might see its operations halt. Furthermore, a DDoS hit could account for loss of revenue and customer service.

To effective block those attacks, IT departments must have staff with extensive knowledge on how to stop DDoS attacks. Therefore, a full-time experienced DDoS person who can manage the sites’ systems, its software and network equipment to prevent unwanted threats, could be, in the long run, by great magnitude the most effective approach to be able to protect the company against such threats.

If that’s not possible, for IT Managers to stop DDoS attacks, they should at least know about the types of DDoS threats that pose a risk to any business. In addition, they should have ideas and solutions to prevent them before they happen; unfortunately, there is still no way known to be able to stop 100% of the DDoS attacks/threats attempted on systems. Perhaps the following can be of help to these managers:

  • Never think the company won’t be a target. Organizations of all size and in any industry may be at risk.
  • Plan ahead of time as it is hard to anticipate the next attack or malicious activity. Be prepared. Think in terms of security to be able to stay ahead of today’s threats.
  • To defeat these attacks, know how to prevent, monitor, detect and mitigate such threats
  • Test for weaknesses in the architecture and other areas in the network infrastructure where there is a security concern. Look for where the single point of failure may be.
  • Use anti-DDoS hardware and software
  • Use end-point security solutions: Internal and/or external firewalls as well as IDS/IDPS devices are a few examples of what can be deployed to protect against network and application-level attacks.
  • Consider DDoS Protection Services. There are providers that have proprietary filtering technology to take care of these attacks before they reach the business’ network and target, potentially, multiple systems. This course of action or approach is also fitting for some IT managers, who may not fully know about DDoS attacks that much, and it relieves them from not having to worry about these type of problems, freeing up more time so they can do other tasks, while someone else takes over and help handle future threats.

As mention, there is a lot of things IT managers must know about to safeguard systems and implement countermeasures to avoid such attacks, which may, unfortunately, strike any systems if nothing is done about it now.

About the author: George Hillston is a professional business information security consultant, who loves to share his knowledge to others.  When it comes to protecting your business from DDoS attacks, DOSarrest mitigation services are the leaders in the industry.

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