As more and more enterprises interact within their ecosystem through various web and IP-based applications, they become targets for threat actors with malicious intentions. These threat actors launch DDoS attacks to impact businesses and consequently their bottom line. To defend their online presence, maintain employee productivity, and safeguard their infrastructure, enterprises rely on DDoS mitigation solutions.
DDoS Mitigation, usually follows these steps:
Identification – A website needs to be able to differentiate between organic high-volume traffic and a distributed attack. For example, if the website has just made a news announcement or an eCommerce site is running a sale, the last thing that is needed is for legit traffic to be treated as suspicious traffic and blocked.
Response – During an attack, the DDoS protection network identifies incoming threats and drops malicious traffic, making the service available for legit traffic. This can take place by any DDoS mitigation solution such as different security challenges, drop of identified malicious traffic or traffic rerouting to multiple resources.
Routing traffic to multiple resources will help to break the traffic into smaller chunks to prevent service denial and finally analyze patterns for future protection.
THE DDoS Vulnerability GAP
Even with the most sophisticated DDoS mitigation and testing solutions deployed, most companies are left with a staggering 48% DDoS vulnerability level. The vulnerability gap stems from DDoS mitigation solutions & infrequent Red Team DDoS testing being reactive, instead of continuously evaluating and closing vulnerabilities.
Mitigation solutions are not constantly being re-configured and fine-tuned with their DDoS mitigation policies. Leaving organizations ongoing visibility to DDoS vulnerabilities limited and forcing them to troubleshoot issues at the very worst possible time, that is, when systems are brought down by a successful DDoS attack. These solutions are all reactive, reacting to an attack and not closing DDoS vulnerabilities before an attack happens.
The Gap occurs when DDoS traffic bypasses a DDoS mitigation defenses, accessing the target network and causing systems disruption and online services unavailability.
What if mitigation solutions could detect the vulnerabilities and exposed `attack’ surfaces within the underlying networks they protect?
If service providers could see through the looking glass long before the actual onset of an attack, then the entire approach to mitigation could be dynamically different, and this is where RADAR™ comes in!
RADAR™, simulates DDoS attacks continuously and non-disruptively. Delivering advanced intelligence, through straightforward reports on how to remediate the DDoS vulnerabilities found.
Closing the DDoS gap by assisting your mitigation solution to fix ongoing security gaps before they are exploited.
Here are some of the way’s RADAR™ empowers mitigation solutions to foresee DDoS threats:
A. Automatically validates DDoS mitigation against over 100 DDoS attack vectors on all OSI Layers 3, 4 & 7.
B. Identifies areas of weakness and provides in-depth analysis of DDoS weaknesses.
C. Reports vulnerabilities in an ongoing manner to allow security teams to close weaknesses and validate configuration changes quickly without disrupting the tested environment.
D. Validates that DDoS attacks are automatically mitigated and will not require human intervention at the time of an attack.
E. On average, an ongoing RADAR™ simulates 100s of DDoS attacks per month without any disruption or maintenance windows.
Representing enterprises, MazeBolt works with the company’s security and the respective mitigation partners creating easy to implement DDoS vulnerability reports, and retesting to verify gaps have been closed, all this on an on going basis with no disruption to current systems.
A typical report provides extensive information on all identified vulnerabilities including the concerned enterprises’ ability to mitigate attacks.