Virtually all business managers have heard of malware, but relatively few are familiar with DDoS attacks. These system intrusions can cost a business heavily in terms of both money and time if they are not prevented.
What is a DDoS Attack?
DDoS stands for distributed denial-of-service. In this form of cyber attack, a hacker floods a targeted system with incoming messages, overwhelming it to the point where the victim’s system will shut down. DDoS attacks have been successfully used to shut down, for example, the public web presence of huge institutions such as multinational corporations. They can also shut down internal computer networks. Any business that relies heavily on IT resources needs to have a plan to secure those resources against a DDoS attack.
Preventing DDoS Attacks
One of the most powerful weapons against a DDoS attack is to make sure that an organization has more bandwidth than it usually needs. Additional bandwidth makes a successful attack less likely since hackers would have to work harder to flood it with requests. Be sure to discuss the appropriate level of bandwidth for your company with your organization's IT consulting staff.
Also, be sure to ask about the intrusion detection systems already in place. Recent innovations in this area have created systems that can require verification on connections and these can help to weed out the requests coming from hackers. Specific products are also available that are designed to ward off DDoS attacks. Another useful strategy is to have a backup connection to the Internet for critical use in cases where a DDoS attack is ongoing.