A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack prohibits access to a computer resource. This kind of assault rarely happens alone but rather occurs in waves once an attacker realizes they have been successful in the first attempt.
Using the same method of attack on a business’ computer system, such cyber-attackers can then overwhelm and suppress Internet facing websites and applications, which can greatly hinder the ability to conduct business as normal.
In order to safeguard against DDoS attacks, small businesses must first recognize they’re potential targets, especially since there has been a recent rise of such assaults on small businesses in the past year.
While the motivation behind such an assault can be difficult to understand, they happen for a wide variety of reasons. Attackers may seek to hold systems hostage in an extortion attempt, or the attack may not be motivated by the prospect of financial gain at all. [Continue reading]