Have you ever experienced the frustration of trying to buy tickets for a popular event, only to find that the ticket seller's website has crashed due to an overload of traffic? This happens because the website's server can't handle the influx of users all trying to access it at the same time.
Criminals take advantage of this same principle through Distributed Denial of Service attacks, also known as DDoS. They flood a business's website with so much traffic that it overwhelms the system and forces it to fail. This means that both the business and its customers are unable to access its services. The result can be a temporary failure or a more serious one. In fact, last year, the average DDoS attack lasted for 50 minutes.
While 50 minutes may not seem like a long time, it's enough to create upset customers or bring a business to a standstill. This can be costly in terms of lost revenue and damage to a company's reputation. What's even worse is that DDoS attacks are becoming more frequent, larger, and more sophisticated.
Recently, the biggest ever reported DDoS attack was blocked. At its peak, it sent 71 million requests per second to its target's servers, which is an alarming number. In addition, more businesses are reporting that they're being targeted by DDoS attacks where criminals demand large ransoms to stop the attack.
What does this mean for you? It's crucial that you check your security measures to ensure that they're up-to-date and working correctly. Are your firewalls equipped with DDoS monitoring and prevention tools? Is your team aware of the importance of staying vigilant?
As always, we can help you ensure that your business stays protected, so feel free to reach out to us.
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Ever experienced the frustration of trying to buy tickets for a popular event, only to have the website crash due to an overload of traffic well yada yada yada cyber criminals are using this same principle through DDoS attacks.
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