Prevent Cyber Attacks with DoS Protection

Published February 15, 2017

In recent years, DoS attacks have been on the rise as much as 83% in a single quarter.

Additionally, the size of these attacks is also growing. Today, most attacks are big enough to take even major companies and organizations entirely offline.

Even in just one year, countless DoS attacks happens in just a single week.

These vicious cyber attacks don't just cost you money in lost sales when your site is down - they can also seriously compromise your data.

Unfortunately, DoS attacks are and will likely continue to grow.

What can you do to get the best DoS protection?

Keep reading to find out how DoS protection can stop these cyber attacks before they seriously harm your business and your reputation.

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Defining A DoS Attack

Before we begin talking about how DoS protection can stop a cyber attack before it gets out of control, let's clearly define a DoS attack is.

In a nutshell, these attacks flood the servers of your website with fake traffic, meaning that visitors and administrators get a "Denial of Service" (DoS.)

Think of it this way: have you ever been unable to access a site because of high traffic volume (think "Break The Internet?") That's pretty much what happens when you're faced with a DoS attack - only that "traffic" is harmful.

These attacks come in a variety of sizes, and the larger they are, the more difficult they can be to stop.

They can cost you business, put the data of your customers and company at risk, and infect your system with serious viruses.

Like so many cyber attacks, prevention is the best cure.

What DoS Protection Does

The unfortunate reality is that in today's world, basic firewall protection and run-of-the-mill antivirus software just isn't strong enough to prevent the especially malicious cyber threats out there.

DoS protection creates an additional, stronger "wall" of defense so that you won't be vulnerable to attacks like phishing, ransomware, and more.

These programs use incredibly complex and tested algorithms and software updates to thoroughly look into exactly who is really visiting your website.

Its goal is to analyze the traffic to your website so that it can identify potential threats, block dangerous users, and stop an attack before it starts.

The program uses predictive analytics and more to designate which of your website traffic is "legitimate" and which is likely to be a hacker. Then, those potentially dangerous visitors are denied access to your website.

DoS protection is available in a variety of sizes. While standard options are a good fit for most, if you have a lot of data on your website, you may want to consider going with a larger option.

To figure out the size you need, consider the monthly and even daily traffic to your website. The higher that number, the greater protection you're going to need.

The benefit of most DoS software is that a lot of it is cloud-based. This is what allows your data to be protected no matter where you take your work computer, and it means that fixes can happen faster.

Sometimes, on-site protection just isn't enough. You have to rely on the cloud to keep you safe in today's world.

What You Should Ask Your IT Support Company About DoS Protection

Now that you know just how important the right protection is for your website and overall brand, you need to understand the questions you need to ask potential DoS protection providers.

Let's take a look at a few now.

How Do You Get To Know My Company?

Each unique company has specific security needs and may be a target for some threats more than others.

This means that your potential security company needs to take the time to set down with you, assess your security needs, and outline the potential risks.

Your security company needs to see how they keep you safe as a partnership. Make sure they've asked you about your business objectives, growth goals, and compliance requirements.

Will Your Protect Technology I Take With Me When Traveling?

In today's world, we all do a lot of work outside of the office, from home, and even on vacation.

You need to know that your DoS Protection provider will be able to cover machines even when you're not at your office desk.

Ask your potential company how they can stop attacks on company laptop computers from spreading to the rest of the network - no matter where you are.

Do You Use Predictive Analytics?

If there's a known criminal in your neighborhood, you're going to lock your doors at night and install an alarm system.

The same should go for your IT security. Ask potential providers how they block known security threats using predictive measures and analytics.

Your protection software should be able to keep a lookout for suspicious IP and domain activity, ensuring that response time will be immediate.

Can I Control Internet Access At The Office?

It's not just lost productivity that you have to worry about when employees are on the Internet at work - it's also security threats.

Talk to your provider about how they allow you to filter out certain Internet categories and browsing content on work computers, to eliminate threats from suspicious or dangerous sites.

Will The Speed Of My Site By Affected?

If your new security plan impacts the speed of your site and slows things down, then it's not the best option for you.

Always ask your provider how they ensure that your site's speed won't be slowed by their features, and how they monitor the effectiveness of their systems.

Where You Can Get The Best DoS Protection

Now that you know just how crucial the right protection is, you're probably wondering where you can get it.

That's where we come in. We have servers that work 24/7, around the globe to protect your site and the integrity of your brand.

Whether you're dealing with a cyber attack or ready to take preventative steps, you can't afford to lose another minute.

Spend some time on our website and get in touch with us today to learn more about how the services we offer keep your website safe.

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Joe Lileikis

Written by Joe Lileikis

As Technical Account Manager for Pegasus Technologies, LLC, Joe Lileikis brings a passion for addressing the short-term and long-term technology needs of client businesses. Joe most enjoys educating customers about their immediate and long-term technology issues. He is committed to providing excellent customer service, and believes those skills have come naturally to him throughout his career.

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