For more than 20 years, criminals have been using DDoS attacks to deliberately harm companies and institutions. Due to their immensely powerful nature, they are an incalculable and very serious threat. Thanks to Myra DDoS protection, your IT infrastructure is safe.
What is „DDoS“?
A DDoS attack is a special type of cybercrime. As its name says, a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is a Denial of Service (DoS) attack that is “distributed.” This means that a requested service is no longer available or only to a very limited extent. In most cases, this is caused by an intentional overloading of the IT infrastructure. Attackers use this kind of cybercrime to extort money from unprotected organizations or to carry out, cover up, or prepare for other criminal activities.
What Does a DDoS Attack Look Like?
During a DDoS attack, the attackers target a service or server to make it unavailable. One of the ways they do this is by infecting multiple computers with malware, which they then use to take control of these computers unnoticed. The attackers misuse this infected computer network—also called a botnet—to carry out remote-controlled DDoS attacks. Via the botnet, they launch simultaneous attacks on their target, bombarding its infrastructure with countless requests.
The more computers are linked together, the more potent the attack is. When servers without DDoS protection are attacked, they are overwhelmed by the enormous number of requests, and their Internet connection is overloaded. As a result, websites only operate very slowly or are no longer available at all.
Who Are the Attackers?
Attackers’ motives for carrying out a DDoS attack are varied: extortion, harming the competition, envy, or political protest. The goal, however, is always the same: causing the victim organization as much damage as possible.
Individual criminals or groups
What Methods Do Attackers Use?
Cybercriminals use different kinds of DDoS attacks. The methods used can be divided into different categories based on what layers (according to the Open System Interconnection model for network protocols, or OSI model for short) are the focus of the attack.
One of the most common methods is to overload system resources or network bandwidths (layers 3 and 4). In the last few years, there has been a trend among cybercriminals to shift attacks to the user level (layer 7). But the patterns and bandwidths of DDoS attacks change on a daily basis. Thanks to Myra DDoS protection, you are protected against all attack patterns.
What Are the Consequences of an Attack?
An attack always harms affected companies and institutions, regardless of which method is chosen. Victim organizations still suffer from the consequences even years later. It is therefore extremely important to have effective DDoS protection.
A few minutes offline can quickly cost thousands of euros. Lost profits and wasted marketing budgets are only one example of the financial damages suffered.
The extent of damage to a company’s reputation caused by a successful DDoS attack is incalculable. Recovery costs a great deal of resources and may take years.
During a DDoS attack, systems no longer operate normally. The heavy load or overload causes some systems to suddenly become vulnerable and opens up new vectors of attack.
Which Industries Are Affected?
Any industry and any company can be the victim of a DDoS attack, regardless of its size. The question is when—not whether—an attack will be leveled against your company and how quickly it will be discovered. The main targets of cybercriminals and extortionists are e-commerce businesses, banks, FinTech companies and insurance companies, manufacturing companies, media, and the health sector. Data centers and public sector organizations are also preferred targets of DDoS attackers. The motives of these criminals go way beyond demanding money: With their attacks, they want to paralyze production plants and processes, interrupt the supply of power or energy, and influence reporting.
Myra DDoS Protection
Effective protection against a DDoS attack is only guaranteed by professional solutions. The Myra Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) platform hides the IP addresses of your servers behind a filter system. Intelligent algorithms filter traffic long before it reaches your application servers. Defense mechanisms are employed as soon as these algorithms detect an attack. Valid traffic (e.g. customer requests) will continue to be passed on unhindered to your application servers. The delivery of your website is accelerated using global caching and content optimization—even during an attack.
What this means for you is reliable protection against DDoS attacks and highly available websites. And what this means for your customers is optimum performance when using your website, both during normal operation and in the event of an attack.
The Myra DDoS protection solution is certified by the German Federal Office for Information Security [Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI)] according to ISO 27001 on the basis of basic IT protection. Therefore, the German national cyber security authority certifies that our DDoS protection guarantees the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of information.
Important for operators of critical infrastructures: Myra is the first and so far only qualified DDoS mitigation service provider in the world that fully meets all of the BSI’s performance characteristics.
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