Virtually all business managers are aware of malware and how it can devastate your business's operations, but relatively few are familiar with DoS and DDoS attacks. These system intrusions can cost a business heavily in terms of both money and time if they are not prevented.
What is DoS?
DoS stands for 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, or destributed denial-of-service, is the same type of attack but from multiple sources - generally a more effective tactic to overloading a network. DDoS attacks have been successfully used to shut down the public web presence of huge, 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 DoS and DDoS attacks.
Preventing DoS Attacks
One of the most powerful weapons against a DoS 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, as well as 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 DoS and DDoS attacks. Another useful strategy is to have a backup connection to the Internet for critical use in cases where a DoS attack is ongoing.
DoS attacks aren't the only form of intrusion you should proactively protect against. Many types of instrusions, including malware, bots, social engineering and more can ruin a company's productivity and down a network for long periods of time. Stay ahead of the game with managed services like Managed Secuirty and Anti-Virus. Don't let your business be caught off guard; invest in IT today.