IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: Fighting DDoS Attacks: 10 Critical Lessons to Learn

By Fahmida Y. Rashid  |  Posted 2011-07-20 Print this article Print
Not an If, but a When

Not an If, but a When

DDoS attacks are increasingly becoming larger, more damaging and easier to launch. Organizations should just assume they will be the next victim and prepare accordingly.
If there's anything organizations have learned about data security in the last few months, it's that no one is immune. There's no such thing as being too big to hit or too small to be worth attacking. Whether the attackers are registering a protest or are after some kind of financial gain, it's clear that the key question is no longer "if" the organization will get hit, but "when," according to experts at Neustar, a directory and Internet infrastructure provider. Considering many small businesses rely on the Internet to reach customers for sales and to run critical business applications, it's time they also start thinking about how to stay online even when under attack. Adopting best practices is not enough, as evidenced by recent attacks where credit card numbers and other personal information were compromised. Distributed denial-of-service attacks are commonly used by activist hackers in protest of various issues, but they've also been used to compromise targeted servers before stealing data. It's important for companies to focus on DDoS mitigation plans. Neustar provides Web performance and managed external DNS security services to customers for network security and protection. One of the services, UltraDNS, is a cloud-based service for organizations that rely on the Internet for their critical business processes, applications and services. UltraDNS offers the most complete DDoS protection available. .

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