DDoS Attacks: Protecting Customers Demands Preparation

DDos Attacks

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Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks attempt to make network resources unavailable to legitimate users by flooding a target with traffic and requests until it crashes. Every organization with an Internet presence, whether a website or systems storing and processing data online, is vulnerable. Prevention is impossible; protection is imperative. This Report outlines what channel partners must do to help customers develop and implement a plan for mitigating DDoS attacks.

Takeaways for Your Business

  • The financial impact of downtime can help determine whether clients use dedicated or on-demand mitigation devices.
  • A 24×7 emergency response team with a well-tested DDoS attack response plan in place is a must-have.
  • DDoS attacks often are used as a smoke screen for other malicious activity; internal safeguards must be in place.

About the Author

Michael Cobb, CISSP-ISSAP, is 20-year veteran of IT security with a passion for making industry best practices easier to understand and implement. As an adviser on security controls and information handling practices to companies and government agencies large and small, Cobb has helped numerous organizations achieve ISO 27001 certification and successfully migrate data and services to the cloud. Cobb has also worked with CESG, the Information Security arm of GCHQ, to promote security best practices in government. A renowned author and presenter, Cobb has written numerous technical articles and webcasts for leading IT publications as well as the book “IIS Security.” He has also been a Microsoft Certified Database Manager and registered consultant with the CESG Listed Advisor Scheme (CLAS).

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