3 Reasons Why Your DDoS Pentesting is Essentially Useless


If you are entirely reliant on your pentesting policy to assess the DDoS security posture, then you might want to check again -- 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. The underlying conclusion is that if a pentester can detect DDoS vulnerabilities, then those vulnerabilities, if not fixed, can be exploited by attackers to bring down systems. However, as a proactive action, if you immediately patch the detected vulnerabilities, you can successfully save your network from an actual DDoS attack.

What is the problem with DDoS pentesting? 

  • Maintenance Windows – DDoS pentesting is disruptive to ongoing operations, i.e., it requires maintenance windows to perform the tests. As a result, organizations have to face the following limitations to assess their DDoS risk.

  • 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, constantly changing due to website upgrades, new applications, etc., testing results achieved become obsolete and cannot be considered for extended time intervals (generally not more than 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 simulate 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

Best Course of Action 

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™, precisely addresses this pain point and performs automated and continuous DDoS simulations that require no maintenance windows.

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.

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About MazeBolt 

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