Have you ever attempted to purchase tickets for an event, only to discover that the ticketing platform has been overwhelmed by the immense number of concurrent users?
The ticketing website temporarily fails because its servers cannot manage the excessive traffic it wasn't designed to handle.
Cybercriminals use the same concept when launching Distributed Denial of Service attacks, also known as DDoS attacks.
Such an attack inundates a company's systems with a huge amount of internet traffic, causing them to collapse under the pressure. This can lead to the company and its clients being unable to access essential services, resulting in temporary malfunctions or even more severe consequences.
The average duration of a DDoS attack in the past year was 50 minutes. While that might seem brief, it's sufficient to provoke customer dissatisfaction and stall business operations. Moreover, such downtimes can have significant financial implications.
Unfavorably, DDoS attacks are evolving to last longer and become increasingly intricate and prevalent. Recently, the largest recorded DDoS attack was thwarted. It peaked at an astounding 71 million requests to its targeted servers per SECOND, surpassing the previous record of 46 million requests per second.
What's more alarming is the rise in businesses reporting instances of DDoS attacks, where perpetrators demand substantial ransom payments to halt the assault.
What does this imply for you?
Ensuring that all your security protocols are current and functioning optimally is crucial. Are your firewall defenses equipped to handle these threats with DDoS detection and mitigation tools in place? And is your workforce fully cognizant of the criticality of maintaining alertness?
We are here to assist in ensuring your business remains safeguarded. Don't hesitate to reach out.
Published with permission from Your Tech Updates.