How CIOs can respond to distributed-denial-of-service attacks

DDoS attacks cause huge risks to organisations, but the damage can be avoided if the right steps are implemented

Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks have always been a problem, especially for CIOs and business leaders when it comes to responding to such attacks.

All organisations can be vulnerable to a DDoS attack, but knowing how to respond in the occurrence will help to minimise the damage.

In 2017, 57% of enterprises and 45% of data centre operators saw their internet bandwidth saturated due to a DDoS attacks according to Arbor Networks' 2018 Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report, which also found a total of 7.5 million DDoS attacks in 2017.

DDOS attacks vary in form, but all share the common objective of taking an online service down by targeting it from multiple hosts. Despite their potential for harm, there are still ways to mitigate the damage.

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Additional reporting by Hannah Williams