Why Simulating DDoS Attacks is an Effective Defense Strategy


Approximately 2.9 million DDoS attacks were launched in the first quarter of 2021. The estimated figure represents a 31% increase compared to the same period in 2020. The Neustar International Security Council (NISC) analysis disclosed that nearly 70% of organizations were targeted with ransomware DDoS attacks, and 36% agreed to pay the ransom.

Successful DDoS attacks prove that the best-of-breed mitigation systems are insufficient in protecting dynamic networks from sophisticated attacks. DDoS attacks manage to bypass mitigation systems by exploiting their limitations. As a result, organizations relying solely on mitigation solutions have a higher possibility of becoming victims of damaging DDoS attacks.

Why You Must Simulate DDoS Attacks

A DDoS simulation means launching various DDoS attacks in a controlled manner to evaluate a network's security posture and resiliency. Simulations can be customized as per the business and security requirements.

By continuously simulating DDoS attacks, organizations can verify if the systems can truly protect their networks under an actual DDoS attack. It is critical to ensure that the deployed mitigation systems are prepared for the most sophisticated DDoS attacks. The simulation approach helps security teams understand DDoS vulnerabilities from an attacker's perspective, and they can fine-tune their deployed mitigation systems to block potential DDoS attacks.

Organizations Cannot Perform Simulations Continuously

Organizations have minimal options to perform full-scale DDoS simulations because the solutions available require maintenance windows. In addition, DDoS simulations that require maintenance windows (for example, traditional testing solutions) are costly and essentially useless because they can validate only a limited number of attack vectors & targets at a single time.

A typical small network has around 5000 potential entry points for attackers, and only about 20 can be identified during a single maintenance period. That is just 0.4% of all entry points.

How to Simulate DDoS Attacks 24*7

Organizations can perform automated, non-disruptive, and continuous DDoS simulations with MazeBolt's new technology, RADAR™. Working with any mitigation solution installed, RADAR™ offers superior DDoS coverage and automated DDoS protection. RADARsimulates over 100 attack vectors with all public-facing IPs 24/7, giving real-time visibility to all DDoS vulnerabilities with zero downtime.

How the RADAR Technology Works

About MazeBolt

MazeBolt introduces a new standard in DDoS coverage, automatically detecting, analyzing, and prioritizing remediation across the network, doubling coverage, and virtually eliminating DDoS exposure without shutting down organizational operations. MazeBolt’s continuous defense supercharges the performance of CISOs as well as the mitigation service provider.