In 2018, the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranked cybercrimes and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks right behind environmental risks, at place four of its top 5 of the most threatening global risks for our society. DDoS attacks have indeed become global phenomenon and a serious threat to any organisation or individual with Internet exposure.
“DDoS attack: threat to anyone with Internet exposure”
Janin Heniqui, senior manager product development for Datacenter Luxembourg S.A.
To help organisations and businesses face the risk of targeted or random DDoS attacks and to support their efforts to protect their users from the negative consequences of unavailable services, Datacenter Luxembourg S.A. launched DDoS Protect, the first unlimited, GDPR compliant DDoS protection services in Luxembourg.
What is a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack?
DDoS attacks have a similar effect on IT systems as too much traffic on a highway: they produce chaos and total still stand. Similarly, DDoS attacks overwhelm Internet facing systems (such as websites or cloud solutions) with millions of illegitimate requests, so that they simply become inaccessible.
The popularity of DDoS attacks amongst the hacker community is continually growing as they are extremely effective and very easy to produce. Cybercriminals typically launch their attacks from multiple unprotected sources by turning common household products into lethal Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Home routers, cameras or even baby phones are perfectly fitted to launch DDoS attacks and are typically reprogrammed to launch waves of requests against targeted IT systems.
Why have DDoS attacks become such a threat?
The WEF rightfully ranked DDoS attacks as one of the most threatening global risk for our society in 2018. Because most of us have an online identity and are using online services to perform digital transactions or to share information with friends and institutions. Those services run on millions of interconnected systems and devices, which can all be used as a source, or respectively, as a target of a DDoS attack.
The numbers confirm this assessment. According to TechRepublic, DDoS attacks increased by 91% in 2017, due to IoT, and attacks using 100 gigabits per second or more are not any longer the exception. This is why DDoS attacks have to be considered as a serious threat that everyone must be prepared for.
Who can be a victim of a DDoS attack?
Research shows that DDoS attackers target any kind of organisation. Not only as part of a data breach, but also for extortion, hacktivism, political motivation or competitive reasons. No matter the motivation, DDoS attacks are particularly devious as they may target organisations, but ultimately always damage those individuals that depend on their services.
What makes a DDoS protection effective?
A DDoS protection has to comply with the following minimum requirements:
- Mitigation capacities. The total DDoS mitigation capacities available to protect your network and systems must be able to cope with high-volume 100+ gbps attacks.
- Attack waves protection. According to the “WEF, in the World Economic Forum, Global Risks 2018: Fractures, Fears and Failures”: “…in 2017, the average DDoS target was likely to be hit 32 times over a three-month period.” The protection must therefore be able to handle DDoS attack waves.
- Multilayered protection. Today, more than 50% of the DDoS attacks are launched using various protocols and target different system layers. The DDoS protection must thus offer a multilayered protection, that’s able to cope with the various attack types as they occur.
- DDoS intelligence. A race car is only as fast as its driver. This is also true for DDoS protection services. Attacks are becoming more and more sophisticated and customers under attack have to benefit from the real-time support of DDoS mitigation specialists with extensive experience in this field.
How can Datacenter Luxembourg S.A. help you prepare for DDoS attacks?
Datacenter Luxembourg S.A. DDoS protection services protect your IT infrastructure and applications against any size of DDoS attacks. Their level of service is expressed in bandwidth speeds, always available for legitimate traffic and offer an affordable protection against random or targeted attacks. They are the first unlimited, GDPR compliant, DDoS protection services in Luxembourg. Produced using, amongst others, the award winning “A10” DDoS Protection Systems its services are managed and operated by the DDoS specialist Acorus Network.
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