DDoS – are you in denial?
There is every reason for businesses to be on high alert of the risk posed by DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks. DDoS attacks on UK businesses increased by 35% in 2013 and losses stemming from this type of cyber attack have escalated, reportedly costing businesses an average of £240,000 per day*.
DDoS is a proven and powerful tool for criminals targeting website based services, in order to extort money from them or to camouflage other criminal activity. The criminals targeting the business may demand a ransom to stop the attack or, whilst the attack is on-going, attempt data theft.
“DDoS attacks can prevent your website working, affect internet based applications, email and web-based servers. No internet-based network is immune,” explains Jocelyn Brown, Bistech Managing Director.
Beware the Botnet
Attackers build networks of infected computers, known as botnets, to do the damage. The compromised computers are under the control of the attacker, and can simultaneously flood a website with access requests, thus crashing the site.
More savvy criminals are increasingly aware of the comfortable distance between them and their victims and the National Crime Agency lists DDoS attacks as a key theme in its 2014 list of serious and organised crime threats.
High profile companies such as Sony and Google are attractive to attackers for the potential of richer pickings and these cases have been widely reported in the press. However, 31% of recent attacks affected organisations with less than 100 staff, with perpetrators targeting smaller business as a means to infiltrate the security of their larger customers**.
Preventing DDoS Attacks
Whilst these attacks are common and can be difficult to manage, there are preventative measures an organisation can take to protect itself.
“These attacks can have serious consequences and organisations should take steps to armour themselves,” Jocelyn says. “By surgically removing contaminated traffic from the application layer of your network your internet facing infrastructure will be protected from potential DDoS attacks. It’s far better to protect against an attack rather than deal with the impact afterwards.”
With DDoS and other malware attacks on the rise it’s time to check you have adequate protection for your business or the consequences could be costly. To find out more, talk to one of our experts on 03330 11 22 55.
*Neustar’s Annual DDoS Attack Report 2014
**Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report 2013