DDoS or Distributed Denial of Service is a very serious threat to companies as it can be used to not just shut down websites but assault can also be used as a distraction or a smoke screen to infiltrate the business network, plant or activate malicious malware. It can also be used to steal data, intellectual property and any other assets on a computer system. No business is safe from such attacks and the misconception that worries is that many companies assume they cannot be a target.
The number of vicious online attacks increased noticeably in 2017. Although many businesses worldwide have sorted to one or the other cybersecurity protection like intrusion detection and prevention software’s, NextGen Firewalls and web application firewalls most of them fall short to stop widely distributed attacks.
Analyze your risk profile and plan protection for your infrastructure accordingly. Doing this will profile the level of risk, the current level of protection and help planning and choosing the right ddos protection.
Consider below points while profiling.
- Narrow Down your Risk Profile
Get a clear idea of what type of DDoS threats are happening around the world and what effect they might have on your company. Majorly recent attacks were targeted at companies in Europe and North America but companies in the Asia Pacific are also falling prey to such attacks. As the organization is advancing towards digitization the risk of attracting cybercriminals increases.
- Analyze your online worth and costs at risk
As the world businesses go global and online presence becomes a crucial factor in their success. Thus an hourly loss of revenue from disruptions and outages from a DDoS attack should be taken into consideration while planning a protection strategy.
- Evaluate currently deployed DDoS mitigation tools in your environment
You must be under the impression that your provider is keeping your website safe from potential DDoS attacks if you have just migrated into the cloud environment. But apparently, that is not the case as these providers focus on protecting their own infrastructure. Most often or not DDoS mitigation proves to be inadequate.
One major USP of the cloud is its offering of “scale on demand.” Providers will be happy to offer you more cloud space to overshadow DDoS but the cost can be expensive especially if an attack lasts hours or even days. To circumvent such traps assess your exposure and narrow down the right DDoS Solution that will keep your website running irrespective of the scale of attack.
Solutions can be categorized into three major categories in the market for consideration:
- On-premise solution
A business will benefit from low latency if the solution is deployed on-premise as the solution is in close proximity to the company’s data center and network. On-premise mitigation appliances can be effective for certain types of attacks but will prove ineffective as large-scale flood attacks can fry the circuitry and render the devices useless.
When you chose On-demand cloud, the network traffic is redirected o a mitigation cloud in case of a Flood attack. The pricing options can be matched with the risk of exposure. Yet a constant redirection to a mitigation cloud network leads to low latency issues.
Like in all difficult choices there is always a middle ground to stand upon, adopting a DDoS mitigation approach that combines On-Premise appliances and cloud is the best option to go for but it can be a little expensive. The appliance will stop any DDoS attack in the circuit capacity. But if the circuit is in danger of becoming overwhelmed the appliance will automatically start cloud mitigation.
Choosing the right solution may look like a challenge and those who need to protect and improve customer experience, brand reputation and revenue can do that by working with experienced and knowledgeable partners.