One of the luxuries of taking your business online, is that your business reaches a wider audience base. But what remains the major threat in the process is to maintain the availability of your services, round the clock.
Today, digitization has taken over all sorts of fields, whether it is a Bank sector or a metal mining company. Businesses now rely on Internet. To sustain any businesses online , it needs to be available 24/7 throughout the year so that it can reach their customers and serve them.
Here comes the big challenge. How to keep online services live 24/7 throughout the year? Here we are discussing the most common threat, the one that gets even the big players to worry.
Distributed Denial Of Service is a type of Denial Of Service attack that makes online services to not to serve their customers or just make their services go offline by flooding the target webserver of business with huge Internet traffic from many different sources. Usually, the sources would be a set of compromised systems which was compromised by the attacker. When an attacker uses these compromised systems to send huge volume of traffic to the target website, the real visitors / customers of that website are blocked and thus by making them annoying and not get served.
There are lots of types / ways in which the DDOS attacks are performed. I will keep it short and just name some of them.
In this type of attack, usually huge volume of Internet traffic are sent from various compromised network of systems (aka Bot network) so that it almost exhaust the target websites bandwidth and makes them offline.
Protocol based attacks.
This type of attack consists of ICMP ping flood, smurf attacks, etc. It consumes the server resources and avoids the availability of service to the real visitors or customers.
Application Layer attacks
Aka Layer 7 attacks, which uses the vulnerability in actual applications in the servers and exploits that to perform the attacks.
The after effects are:
- Can crash entire server / network.
- Crash the software operating system.
- Financial loss to the business due to delay in delivering content.
- Many DDOS attacks can be prevented by installing sophisticated devices which will filter the bad traffic out.
- By using CDN ( Content Delivery Networks) and make the application available at multiple locations.
- By routing the traffic to a third party provider who can mitigate the attack for you.
We at webservicespoint.com , offer a basic level DDOS protection to all our customers by default, without any extra charges.