Best practices to mitigate DDoS attacks

Denial of Service (DoS) Attack Resource Page

Denial of Service (DoS) Attack Resource Page (Photo credit: gellenburg)

By Linda Musthaler – Numerous banks have been attacked in recent weeks, including PNC Bank, Fifth Third, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank and others. For the financial institutions, it’s déjà vu all over again, as they were similarly attacked last September and October. The banks have all suffered daylong slowdowns and, at times, complete outages.

How can you protect your company’s Web presence? Here are a few tips on what you can do now to head off a potential problem later.

  • Don’t count on a firewall to prevent or stop a DDoS attack
  • Bake DDoS into your business continuity and disaster recovery plan
  • Know the signs of an active attack
  • Know your customers and lock out unexpected transactions
  • Measure the financial impact of being offline for a period of time
  • If you are the victim of a DDoS attack, look for fraud, data breaches or other criminal activity
  • Know who to call to stop an attack



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