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Mitigating Against DDoS Attacks: Lessons To Be Learned

Mitigating Against DDoS Attacks

DDoS is constantly evolving and becoming a major problem for affected persons and their servers. With DDoS being one of the threats corporations are faced with, it is important to consider some mitigation strategies which can be put in place to prevent further breaches and attacks.

In light of recent trends and attacks, there are some ServerMania DDoS Mitigation strategies that can be adopted to improve overall security.



Get Always-on Scalable Mitigation

DDoS attacks can cripple companies thus leading to the loss of several millions of dollars. DDoS attacks are mostly unplanned for and may become full-blown in a short time frame. However, similar to all other protection strategies, a great way to begin is to secure yourself from such attacks. What better way to do this than to have an always-on scalable mitigation strategy which is able to react to the attacks and rebuff them. Having such strategies in place can save you a lot of millions of dollars which may otherwise be lost in the instance of the attacks. In addition, you may also find that you will spend a lot less on putting in place this mitigation strategy compared to having to deal with the attack.

This lesson comes after the biggest and baddest DDoS attack, Memcahed, surprisingly recording the highest count in terms of throughput. According to reports, the Memcached attack surpassed 1 Tbps by using a new, previously unused attack vector.

With the recent wave of attacks, it is more advisable to always prepare for the unexpected by beefing up security measures at all times.



Put strategies in place today to prevent tomorrow’s threats and attacks

While prevention is a great way to keep your business from cyberattacks, a great way to ensure that preventative measures can hold up to the attacks is to ensure that you are adequately prepared for tomorrow’s attacks today. Foresight and adequate preparedness can improve a business’ response to attacks when they are launched.

During the February 2018 Memcached attacks, about 50,000 unsecured Memcached installations on the internet were deployed as DDoS reflectors. With the element of surprise in full play, the potential for gross damages was high and as such forced up the number of protected servers thus reducing the number of unprotected servers.

To better improve the chances of mitigating against DDoS attacks, it is recommended that companies put in place strategies which are tailored toward forestalling possible attacks.


Get fast mitigations

In the event of attacks, a great way to minimize damages and extent of damage is to ensure that there is a fast response in place which can adequately protect servers and infrastructures.

The digital Godzilla, Mirai was reported to have increased the frequency of massive attacks and this is because it can easily propagate to compromised IoT devices. The Mirai attack also introduced new attack techniques known as pulse wave attacks which produced massive spikes to the target, this attack lasting only a few minutes. The attacks however put to test the traditional scrubbing centre solutions that divert traffic.

Contain Outbound Attacks

An old problem was brought to light by the Mirai attack, the problem of outbound attacks originating from within the network. The Mirai botnet is characterized by rapid propagation which causes an increased spread of the attack, thus infecting many devices. With this problem in place, when DDoS attacks are launched, not only are the target victims threatened but so also is the source of their network infrastructure where the compromised IoT resides. In a bid to avoid such large scale damages, businesses should ensure that their DDoS mitigation strategy is one that incorporates solutions to this problem while also eliminating both internal and external threats.


Catch even the smallest attacks

The key to protecting your infrastructure and company is to ensure that all attacks, no matter how small they may be are not left to fester. A great mitigation strategy to adopt is to ensure that you put in place strategies which are holistic and all-encompassing, thus allowing the detection of even the smallest attacks.

Allowing small attacks to go under the radar may lead to bigger problems which may lead to large scale losses. If you are an enterprise or CSP, be sure to pay full attention to small attacks detection and mitigation strategies.



Go Farther in depth

A new hacker’s evasion technique was published in May of 2018. The technique according to the report allows enabling of reflective amplified floods to bypass traditional DDoS mitigation strategies which have been put in place. To ensure that such bypasses as this are prevented against, ensure that adequate and in-depth protection strategies are put in place.

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