Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks can be a significant threat to any organization. Most organizations have become increasingly reliant upon the Internet as part of their customer service and engagement strategy.
An organization’s website has become a one stop shop for the company’s goods and services, provides frequently asked questions for issues that can be resolved without the help of a support agent, and contact information or live chat functionality for those that can’t.
A DDoS attack is designed to make these services inaccessible to legitimate users by overwhelming the system with bogus requests from a variety of attacking machines. With the growth of cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT), these attacks have become easier and cheaper to perform as attackers can affordably rent the necessary processing power and network connections or hack into and use poorly secured IoT devices for the purpose.