Have you ever experienced the frustration of attempting to purchase tickets for a major event only to find that the ticket seller’s website has crashed due to an overwhelming number of people trying to buy tickets simultaneously? This happens because the server cannot handle the traffic, resulting in temporary website failure.
Unfortunately, criminals use the same principle to conduct Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on businesses. DDoS attacks flood a business with internet traffic, aiming to overload the system and cause it to fail. As a result, the business and its customers may be unable to access services, which can lead to temporary or serious failures. Last year, the average DDoS attack lasted 50 minutes, which can be enough to upset customers or bring business to a halt. Downtime can also be costly.
The really alarming news is that DDoS attacks are increasing in duration, size, sophistication, and frequency. Recently, the biggest ever reported DDoS attack was blocked. It sent 71 million requests per second to the target’s servers at its peak. Prior to that, the largest reported incident was 46 million requests per second.
Additionally, more businesses are reporting being targeted by DDoS attacks, where criminals demand significant ransoms to stop the attack. This presents a significant challenge to business owners who must take steps to protect their company from potential DDoS attacks.
To safeguard your business, it is crucial to ensure that all security measures are up-to-date and working correctly. Do your firewalls have DDoS monitoring and prevention tools installed? Is your team fully aware of the importance of staying vigilant? It is important to check all of these factors.
If you need assistance in protecting your business, we can help. Just reach out to us, and we will help make sure your business stays secure.