It’s no secret to IT professionals that DDoS attacks are on the rise – we see them rearing their ugly head on a consistent basis in the news. Two weeks ago we commented on the Pokemon Go attacks, last week it was the Library of Congress Website that was rendered unusable for three days, and today Blizzard’s Battle.net has become the latest victim of a DDoS attack by PoodleCorp.
Players of World of Warcraft and Overwatch, this morning, found themselves unable to access the popular games due to latency, connection and login issues. DDoS attacks are not only frustrating for eager gamers, but they can also damage a business’ brand reputation as people are quick to post about incidents like this on social media for the whole world to see. Security is top-of-mind for CIOs and SysAdmins, but mitigation of DDoS is becoming business-critical.
So what can we learn from this attack to avoid a similar scenario in the future?
It starts with being prepared and aware. By using tools and installing technology that allows you to know and understand your company’s network’s normal behavior, IT teams can be made aware of any abnormal incidents such as DDoS attacks, enabling them to make any necessary remedial actions quickly. Secondly,using redundant cloud and CDN services together with internet performance management tools with traffic monitoring and rerouting capabilities can redirect users to other hosts that aren’t down to ensure gamers can carry on gaming.
Our own Mikel Steadman, Director of Sales & Solutions Engineering, recently wrote about the best ways to mitigate for DDoS using Dyn’s Internet Performance Management solutions – given how impactful a DDoS attack can be on your business, it’s well worth the read.