3 Ways To Protect Your Business From DDoS Attacks Have you ever experienced a Distributed Denial of Service, otherwise known as a DDoS attack, or tried to use a website that was being hit with a DDoS attack? If you don’t know what a DDoS attack is, it’s when an attacker uses already infected systems and systems with security vulnerabilities to target one system by flooding it with traffic, and rendering it inaccessible. These attacks come from many different sources, which makes it extremely difficult to stop, since it’s attacking from many different addresses. Popular websites, such as Netflix, the New York Times, and Reddit have all been susceptible to DDoS attacks in the past, and were inaccessible while the attack was happening. However, having your servers go down isn’t the only outcome of a DDoS attack. Sometimes it serves as a distraction, so that hackers can install malicious software or steal your data. A Kaspersky survey found that 74 percent of organizations that experienced a DDoS attack also had their servers hacked. DDoS attacks are becoming extremely common, according to the same Kaspersky survey that revealed half of the surveyed organizations had experienced disruption because of a DDoS attack in the past year. These attacks are serious, and immediately impact your ability to do business and serve customers. They also cost your organization money. The Kaspersky study also found the average DDoS attack on a small business resulted in a $38,000 loss, and large organizations lost an average of $551,000. To combat your organization from being a DDoS attack target or source, here is some advice to follow. Spread out your servers. Having your servers in different data centers that are on different networks ensure that your data and servers are dispersed throughout several locations. That way, you aren’t a major target to DDoS attacks, since they usually attack organizations that have a single source. Have the right hardware. In order to prevent DDoS attacks, you also need the appropriate hardware to mitigates these kinds of cyberattacks. Managed firewall solutions can defend your organization against many different kinds of DDoS attacks, allowing you to have peace of mind that your network and servers are safe. Ensure your organization is not the source of DDoS attacks. It’s also beneficial to take preventive steps, such as installing and maintaining anti-virus software, performing timely system updates, and ensuring firewalls and network devices are properly configured. The best time to prepare your organization is before an attack happens, not during or after. Being prepared is essential to mitigating and minimizing the effects of DDoS attacks. For more information on DDoS attacks and other cybersecurity information, visit the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team’s website. Is your organization prepared to handle DDoS attacks? Neil Voeller Neil Voeller is a Senior Enterprise Account Manager at Aureon Technology, where he specializes in developing Network designs and architecture for multi-site businesses, Public School Districts, Colleges that need diverse and secure Network Structures, which can withstand deliberate and malicious attacks to their network(s). Neil has a Master's of Science in Marketing & Management, which has positioned him well to understand the importance of maintaining the structure and security of a firm's telecommunications network.