DDoS attacks operate by inundating a website’s servers, software, or other Internet-connected resources with unauthorized traffic, causing them to become inaccessible. DDoS attacks aim to interrupt operations by flooding a website or network with fake traffic using several computers (or compromised machines) and IP addresses. DDoS attacks often take advantage of a botnet’s overwhelming power, which can consist of hundreds of thousands or even millions of infected machines all over the world.
Cybercriminals, hacktivists, online malcontents and mischief-makers, and even business rivals are known perpetrators of DDoS attacks. According to a recent Incapsula report, the cost of knocking your organization offline can vary from $5,000 to $100,000 per hour.
DDoS attacks have become more common and more powerful in recent years. Arbor® Networks reported in 2016 that during a recent 18-month stretch, approximately 125,000 DDoS attacks occurred each week. According to a VeriSign study of attack sizes, 87 percent of DDoS attacks exceeded 1 Gbps per second, and 52 percent exceeded 5 Gbps per second. According to Kaspersky Lab’s research, the length of DDoS attacks has also increased. The most prolonged DDoS attack in the first quarter of 2015 lasted eight days. The record was broken in the second quarter of 2016 when it was set at 12 days.
Why Use DDoS Mitigation & Protection?
- Service Availability: DDoS protection and mitigation ensure that your public-facing applications and websites stay up and running, allowing legitimate consumers to access your company’s goods and services.
- Business Continuity: DDoS attacks have the potential to interrupt regular business operations. Email and other critical business applications can become inaccessible. As a consequence, employee productivity, efficiency, and morale could suffer. Your entire organization could be affected.
- Brand Protection: When a DDoS attack takes down a company’s apps or website, its name is also harmed. During an outage, customers may check out a competitor’s goods or services, and they might not return.