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<h1>DDoS - Denial Of Service Attacks</h1>

DDoS - Denial Of Service Attacks

 There are a few variations on the theme of these attacks but the basic principles are the same;
The perpetrator of the attack seeks to render a service, web site or network unavailable by bombarding the target with superfluous internet traffic, attempting to overload the system. It's the cybercrime equivalent of a picket line where the intent is to disrupt normal business by restricting access to premises! DDoS attacks can be combined with other types of cyber attack too that can make them very disruptive and harmful. And of course, DDOS attacks are on the increase. Arbor Networks reported a 30% increase in the number of instances in the first half of 2016 (compared to 2015) with significant increases (+70%) in the size and sophistication of the attacks.

The UK, France and the US are the top targets for DDOS attacks. Reasons for attacks vary from the very high profile attacks targeting big brand name web sites and organisations to more generic 'nuisance' or tactical attacks for a whole variety of purposes. For a great (and simple) explanation of how and why a real attack was launched please follow the link here to visit Gizmodo and their explanation of an attack that caused major disruption in the US. We have seen the same type of attack recently in the UK too.

As a small business you may not think you are vulnerable to attack. Recent evidence however, shows that SME's are just as likely to be the target of DDoS attacks as any other business. If you are the target, you can expect considerable disruption to services and internet access. You could also be the victim of the attack in as much as your businesses internet service (along with many others) is used to generate traffic to contribute toward an attack! This proved costly to one of our clients who managed to inflate their monthly charge for mobile services (normally around £3k) to a staggering £150K+.

There are a few steps you can take to try and help avoid these attacks and we can help with advice and services. If you would like to discuss how you can best protect your business please contact us on or call 0115 9408040
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21 December 2016 | Office Networks, Connect & Secure, Hosting & Cloud Solutions
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