DOS Attacks on the Rise: Here’s How to Protect Your Network

Website uptime reliability and network protection are again making headlines, and denial of service attacks are on the rise. Not only was there the 2010-2011 Wikileaks attacks, but there have been other less publicized attacks on industry and banking sites. Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Sun Trust all suffered denial of service Web attacks at some point in recent weeks through a focused group of renegade Web hackers.

In September, web domain company GoDaddy suffered a 7 hour service outage that was originally suspected of being a denial of service attack as well. It was denied by the company and later described by GoDaddy as “a series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables.” Whatever the real culprit, many website owners were pretty upset at the downtime caused by the outage, leading one to file a class-action lawsuit. Other web domain owners started looking into making a different web hosting choice.

Many web professionals understand the intricacies of denial of service attacks, but what does it mean to you as a business owner and website publisher? In a nutshell, denial of service (aka “DOS”) attacks involve an attack by one computer to another to take away its operation. These attacks are carried out through the Web and the victim computer is often a server hosting a website.

DOS attacks are expected to continue and grow as millions of people do their work, research, commerce and leisure activities on the Internet. With more people connecting to the Web, hacks will be able to source more potentially unprotected computers to hijack and commit denial of service attacks.

So how can your individual or company site avoid web server outages, denial of service attacks and more web malfeasance? Web uptime and network protection are two of the most crucial aspects of a good web host, and you should know how to work with your web host to prevent network intrusions. Here are a few tips below that can get your IT team started on protection.

Update Your Security Systems

You’re likely using anti-virus programs for your network, including some for your VPS hosting servers and firewalls. Updated security status on your network will go a long way in protecting your information and accounts, and will help stifle any denial of service attack.

Maintain a Vigilant Network

Stay close to your network. Be wary of any unexpected changes. Many attacks start with small changes on your security system. Note any disturbances, and realize that early detection of an attack on your network or website can help you stop any DOS attacks.

Have a Backup Plan

A successful plan for a website or network must include a backup contingency. If attacked, your website must have a backup ready for swift recovery. Make sure to safely store log-in passwords, and other critical information elsewhere for use after an attack, with the ability to retrieve this information quickly.

Work with Tech Smarts

Stay contact with your web server operatives, or hire experienced tech managers to work with your network. Know your network provider support staff.

Bolstering your efforts for website and network protection will pay dividends off later for your business.

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