DDoS Attacks- Do Businesses Need to Worry?

As a business owner, there are countless things to worry about when it comes to the security of your company in the digital age. One of the biggest threats is DDoS attacks. DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks are becoming increasingly common and can have a devastating effect on your business. As part of Gabbit’s efforts to educate our customers about potential hazards, here is some vital information your business needs to know about DDoS attacks, so you can be prepared and prevent such an attack from affecting your business.

A DDoS attack is a cyberattack that attempts to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users by overwhelming it with traffic. DDoS attacks are typically carried out by a large number of computers, which are often infected with malware and controlled by a single attacker.

There are two main types of DDoS attacks:

Volumetric attacks:

These attacks involve flooding the target with a large amount of traffic, such as HTTP requests or UDP packets. This can overwhelm the target’s network bandwidth or resources, making it impossible for it to respond to legitimate

Protocol attacks:

These attacks exploit vulnerabilities in specific network protocols. For example, a DNS amplification attack sends spoofed DNS requests to a large number of DNS servers, which then respond to the requests with a large amount of traffic that is directed back at the target.

DDoS attacks can have a significant impact on businesses and organizations.

They can disrupt operations, damage reputations, and lead to financial losses. However, there are a number of steps that businesses can take to protect themselves against DDoS attacks.

  1. The first step is utilization of a DDoS mitigation service to protect against DDoS attacks. This service absorbs the increased traffic and prevents it from reaching the target.
  2. Next, make sure to deploy firewalls and intrusion detection systems to detect and block malicious traffic. Consistently use the most up-to-date security software to detect malware infections, and educate employees about cybersecurity and how to identify potential attacks. Paying close attention to these items helps your organization keep systems and data safe.

Additional steps to prevent DDoS attacks might also include the use of strong passwords and multi-factor authentication. This can help to prevent attackers from gaining unauthorized access to your systems. Segmenting your network can isolate vulnerable systems from the rest of your network. The most important factor for preventing attacks is awareness, so always monitor your network for suspicious activity.

While DDoS attacks are a serious threat to businesses, Gabbit’s reliable
and secure VoIP service keeps your data safe and your business running.

When you call Gabbit at 1-855-542-2248, our communication professionals will answer your questions about keeping your VoIP secure and make certain you understand the problems and solutions of cybersecurity in simple terms. Your business is just as important to us as it is to you.