Website attacks are frustrating distractions for business owners, partly because of the attack itself and partly because of the time and effort it takes to get someone at the web host to fix the problem. The traffic sources are often distributed throughout the world, making a DDoS attack much more difficult to block than one that comes from a single IP address.
DDoS attacks are becoming more frequent, almost tripling since last year. If you are a software or technology company, you are more likely to be targeted than Internet and telecom companies, but anyone can become a victim.
Virtually anyone can launch an attack. A botnet of hundreds of thousands of zombie machines can be rented at low cost to launch an attack. It doesn’t have to be a Russian organized crime group; it could be just a single disgruntled ex-employee or a competitor. Anyone with a minimal amount of ability can become a cyber threat.
Another reason to get anti-DDoS protection is that you must identify a DDoS attack as soon as possible. Despite the rise in frequency, the duration of the average DDoS attack has decreased as has the average peak attack bandwidth. Most attacks begin as sudden spikes in traffic, so it is important to know what your normal traffic looks like in order to spot deviations.
Given the trend toward decreases in the average peak attack bandwidth, it makes sense to have abundant bandwidth available to absorb an attack, should one occur. Even if it does not deter an attack, it can give you precious extra time to respond before your site crashes. Although these steps have been effective in buying time, DDoS attacks are too large to be stopped in this way. You need anti-DDoS protection.