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Indusface suggests some quick tips to proactively mitigate increasing DDoS Attacks

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Indusface, a leading provider of application security solutions for web and mobile applications, is suggesting some quick and useful tips that can help mitigate the risk of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. These DDoS attacks are emerging as the biggest security threat for businesses and these types of attacks last from days to months depending on the negotiations. It can eat massive chunks of the bandwidth, processing speed, and memory to slow down or disrupt services.

 Venkatesh Sundar, CTO at Indusface explains, “A distributed denial of service is an attack where multiple compromised or hired systems are used to target a single system, but the intensity or the threat of the attack may have repercussions so severe that it might tarnish a brand beyond repair.”

Industry research on increasing ‘DDoS attacks’ reveals that, over 60% businesses have no dedicated mitigation tools to deal with such attacks. It’s also worth noting that, these attacks are very easy to execute with minor cost for the hacker.

 According to recent findings by the international internet analytic company Neustar:

 DDoS attacks cost banks up to $100,000 per hour

  • 20% of such attacks last for days and even months
  • 87% of the attacked companies were hit more than once
  • Attacks within bandwidth of 1-5 GB have increased by 150%
  • Companies need around 10 employees to mitigate DDoS

 “Anyone can purchase a custom-coded DDoS module and launch it on any desired web application. In fact, a basic DDoS attack will not cost more than a few hundred dollars. The motives may range from severe competition to politics, terrorism, war diversion techniques cloaking some other hacking attempt and so on,” Sundar further added.

 Below mentioned are some quick tips to mitigate DDoS attacks:

 What techniques are used to mitigate app DDoS attacks?

Depending on the type of attack, there are many techniques that can be used to prevent the outage. A bigger part of preventing DDoS is observing the traffic constantly. This way, companies get proactive actionable data on attack and can create better prevention policies before it gets severe.

 How does web application firewall (WAF) helps prevent app DDoS?

‘WAF’ filters Layer 7 traffic straight, feeds data directly to security specialist who can make out malicious chunks of traffic that makes services down. After that, they apply preventive policies to obstruct these attacks based on bot signatures, malicious IPs, bandwidth stealing, etc.

 Can you do it on your own?

If you are training security professionals with Layer 7 experience, then mitigating DDoS in-house is possible. But worth noting, that due to huge costs and diversion from core business activity, most global players prefer to outsource complete AppSec including DDoS mitigation to people who can keep an eye on traffic 24 × 7 and take instant countermeasures.

Is there an absolute security solution?

When it is a matter of DDoS security, then there is no strong technology that can solve every problem. With numerous attack vectors, on-going attack techniques, and zero-day vulnerabilities, automated technology alone is bound to fail. It cannot protect against all threats while also ensuring legitimate traffic doesn’t suffer, company notes.

Hence, human experiences and decision-making skills play an important role in this. Continuous expert monitoring with actionable insights is the most lethal combination of DDoS security that can prepare organizations with a proactive defense strategy, company stated.

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