DDoS Prevention Best Practices

How to prevent damage from DDoS attacks

DDoS Prevention Best Practices

Hackers want to disrupt your business, harm your organization’s reputation, and keep your enterprise from performing its mission. If they succeed, they win and you lose. By being prepared for distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and working to eliminate vulnerabilities before an attack, you can prevent DDoS hackers from damaging your brand and interfering with your organization’s mission.

A range of industries is commonly targeted by DDoS attackers – financial services, e-commerce, online gaming, travel and hospitality, healthcare, media and telecommunications, government agencies, and cloud-based software and services. Organizations in these industries and others with much to lose from a website outage need to have a plan in place for DDoS prevention and mitigation.

Can DDoS attacks be prevented?

DDoS prevention comes in multiple forms. Often simply engaging an effective DDoS mitigation service to provide your DDoS protection services and displaying a logo to that effect can prevent a DDoS attack. Experienced DDoSers know it is a waste of their time to try to outsmart highly trained DDoS mitigation experts because attacks will quickly be rerouted through DDoS mitigation scrubbing centers, from which only clean traffic will be sent back to the client’s network.

While a DDoS mitigation service can’t prevent every DDoS attack, some can protect you from all types of DDoS attacks , allowing your website to continue serving customers even while under attack.

Planning for DDoS prevention and mitigation

There are a number of ways to prevent the worst effects of a DDoS attack or to mitigate them. Beyond having the right protective systems in place and ensuring sufficient overflow capacity is available, much depends on an active, well-informed incident response. It’s important to work with a DDoS mitigation service to plan and prepare, so that your organizations are ready to respond calmly and effectively if your enterprise is ever the target a DDoS attack.

DDoS prevention, detection and effective mitigation

The State of the Internet site provides resources to help enterprises understand and mitigate DDoS attacks:

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