Mitigating DDoS attacks
DDoS attack mitigation has always been a complicated cybersecurity challenge to handle. In spite of new disruptive technologies, DDoS mitigation still remains a complex problem to solve. Take for example, the banking sector where innovative banks are taking advantage of disruption by inventing a new revenue stream, i.e. Banking-As-A-Service. However, when it comes to DDoS mitigation, they still face challenges. Even recently, Australian banks were targeted by DDoS extortionists. Hackers were sending emails to banks asking for large payments in Monero, and threatening DDoS attacks if their demands aren't met.
The struggle with DDoS mitigation is because DDoS Attacks are relatively easy to use as a weapon, and it’s one of the toughest to defend against if you’re not prepared. In order to be prepared for a DDoS Attack, use proactive ways to defend against DDoS Attacks rather than reactive ways, once an attack has started.
Role of DDoS Mitigation Technology
The best method to proactively defend against DDoS Attack is the use of DDoS Mitigation technology. DDoS Mitigation technology has played a vital role in mitigating DDoS Attacks.
Businesses have evolved at a rapid rate online and so have DDoS attacks. Enterprises (and even mitigation vendors) have failed to update their DDoS mitigation technology, in keeping with online increased trade and growth. Today as per Neustar Q2 2019 report small-scale DDoS attacks increased by 158% in Q2 2019.
Every quarter new and sneakier DDoS Attacks are making their way into target enterprises. Enterprises are struggling (through no fault of their own) to use existing DDoS Mitigation to effectively mitigate these advanced DDoS attacks which they now face on a daily basis.
Strategies to enhance effectiveness of existing DDoS Mitigation
If you already have a DDoS Mitigation in place and would like to be informed on the DDoS Mitigation techniques, to defend against sophisticated and sneakier DDoS attacks, then the 3 steps mentioned below can get you there:
First step : Read this guide. This guide gives an understanding towards DDoS Mitigation Components so that you know what you need, for an immediate resolution.
Second step : Understand whether DDoS Mitigation works against advanced and common DDoS Attacks. In this scenario, the most commonly used method of assessing DDoS Mitigation effectiveness is by performing Traditional DDoS Pen Testing.
Third Step : Whilst this method of traditionally testing DDoS defenses is widely used, it has its own shortcomings and cannot be relied upon completely. The downfalls are:
With Traditional DDoS Pen Testing, assuming at least 8 hours of testing per year, DDoS Vulnerabilities can be reduced to a level of around 32% annually, at best.
To carry out the DDoS testing it needs to be at a time when maintenance windows are available and there are no current threats. A maximum of 5 IP addresses can be tested, and they cannot cross-test the fixes.
In order to ensure that DDoS Mitigation is resilient and can eliminate DDoS attacks entirely (irrespective of whether the attack is sophisticated or common), the only answer is the use of DDoS Radar.
DDoS Radar is a newly launched patented product from MazeBolt that is not Traditional DDoS Testing. It is a complete package that validates ongoing existing DDoS configuration deployed in production 24x7x365 without disruption.
It should be noted that with DDoS Radar, DDoS vulnerabilities are slashed down to under 2% within a month and maintained consistently at under 2%.
DDoS Radar is the only way to ensure your DDoS Mitigation configuration is always up to date. It works through a series of ongoing Vulnerability Probing Vectors (VPV’s).
Familiarize your company on techniques of mitigating DDoS attacks using Traditional DDoS BaseLine Testing and DDoS Radar in this guide.