3 Reasons Why Your DDoS Pentesting is Essentially Useless

DDoS_pentesting

If you are entirely reliant on your pentesting policy to assess the DDoS security posture, then you might want to reconsider. Here's why. 

DDoS penetration testing, commonly referred to as “DDoS testing,” is an intense and legal security assessment done on a network by a security professional (certified or not) to actively identify DDoS vulnerabilities that could potentially be exploited to launch DDoS attacks. It is a legal way of inspecting your network’s susceptibility to DDoS attacks and how easy it is to affect service availability. If a pentester can detect DDoS vulnerabilities ahead of time, they can fix them before they are exploited by attackers to bring down systems. However, if you immediately patch the detected vulnerabilities, you can proactively protect your network from an actual DDoS attack.

What is the problem with DDoS pentesting? 

  • Maintenance Windows – DDoS pentesting is disruptive to ongoing operations. In other words, it requires maintenance windows to perform the tests. Enterprise organizations that serve customers online, such as banks or e-commerce, often minimize DDoS pentesting for this reason.  

  • Limited Time Duration - Because testing is disruptive, organizations cannot implement it on an ongoing basis. As a result, testing is invariably performed around once or twice a year. As production environments are dynamic and constantly chang due to website upgrades, new applications, etc., testing results achieved can quickly become obsolete. Results are not considered relevant for more than 1-2 months. 

  • Limited Coverage - As testing is performed for a limited period of time, organizations do not test a wide range of DDoS attack vectors. A single pentesting session can test a maximum of 25 attack vectors during a maintenance window lasting 3 hours and cover only a maximum of 5 selected targets (IP or FQDN Addresses).

Guide To Increasing DDoS Mitigation Effectiveness

A New Standard for DDoS Testing 

Performing ongoing, non-disruptive DDoS attack simulations is the only way to assess your DDoS protection and ensure that it can automatically block DDoS attacks in real-time. MazeBolt's new transformative technology, RADAR™ testing, is pioneering a new standard in DDoS testing with continuous DDoS simulations that require no maintenance windows.

Working with any mitigation solution installed, RADAR™ testing offers superior DDoS coverage and automated DDoS protection. With testing that includes over 140 attack vectors with all public-facing IPs 24/7, it delivers real-time visibility to all DDoS vulnerabilities with zero downtime.

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