In response to the findings of a new report from Imperva which showed that the UK is now the second most targeted country with DDoS attacks, Mark James, Security Specialist at ESET commented below.

Mark James, Security Specialist at ESET:

mark-james“Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are now readily available as a subscription service for the price of a deli Sandwich, and  these services enable you to have all the benefits of large traffic based attacks without the need of the hardware to back it up.

DDoS can be used in many ways to cause inconvenience or in an attempt to “voice opinion”, and unfortunately DDoS can also be used to mask the true intentions of the attacker. Attacks like this cause a massive load on the systems and resources thus making a good smokescreen to install malware or gain access to systems for later damage. With these types of attacks increasing at a massive rate it’s important to understand what you can and should do to avoid being a victim.

Detecting and identifying the type of attack will enable you to respond and block the traffic that could bring your business to an unexpected halt. With the UK number two on the list as most targeted it can be quite daunting for a large company to protect against DDoS. Sadly many small businesses will not have any measures in place to mitigate DDoS attacks, seeking help through professional services and expertise should be on your list while taking the multi-layered security approach you need in protecting the modern digital business.”

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