A DDoS attack, or Distributed Denial of Service attack, is an attack that can take down a system by flooding its bandwidth. DDoS attacks usually happen when multiple compromised systems flood one or more web servers. The net result is excess demands on the server’s bandwidth that render an online service unavailable. Botnets are commonly used tools and are a popular cyber warfare weapon.
If your company is the target of a DDoS attack, this can be a major problem for your organization. You need to respond in an appropriate and strategic way to protect your servers, and these tips can help:
Have a plan in place to address the attack.
DDoS attacks are very common and any company could be hit. If you are prepared in advance, you can spring into action quickly and protect your server. What do you do if your company is under attack? Are you protected (as best as you can) to avoid any attack? If your service does go down, how will you respond to your clients about your action plan?
Have enough bandwidth to handle the attack.
DDoS attacks work only if the demands on the bandwidth can successfully flood the server and cause it to go offline. The more bandwidth you have, the harder it will be for the attackers to be successful at overloading it through their demands. The time to find out if you have enough bandwidth isn’t when you are under attack. Be proactive in this area to keep your capacity at a high enough level.
Identify the attack as early as possible.
Taking swift action is essential to curtail the access by the botnet or other outside contaminated systems. Automated alert systems will help this early notification. Create a schedule for who is in charge of being on call and should be receiving those alerts.
Work with an outside company or host to ward off the attack.
Professional tech companies have the tools to prevent DDoS attacks, recognize when an attack is occurring, and respond aggressively and strategically to stop the attack in its tracks. By partnering with a professional, you can make sure your servers are secure and not vulnerable to the actions of nefarious outside groups who want to hurt your business. This small monthly investment will be invaluable when your company does get attack. You don’t want to know the cost of succumbing to the hackers.
Technology Partners can help companies prevent DDoS attacks and respond to these attacks quickly before devastating consequences to your server occur. Give us a call today at 877-636-1331, or contact us online to find out more about working with a leading technology company in St. Louis.