How to Protect Your Business From Costly DDoS Attacks

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Early in June 2022, Cloudflare detected and stopped the largest HTTPS DDoS attack on record. The attack was detected and mitigated at 26 million requests per second (rps) and has been given the name Mantis due to it originating from a small but mighty botnet. The attack used 5,067 IoT devices across 121 countries to send 26 million requests per second, a shockingly low number of devices to produce a high level of traffic.

Over the past year, Cloudflare has witnessed continuous record-breaking DDoS attacks on business networks and servers worldwide. Many businesses are reevaluating their network security to help prevent such attacks from threatening their operations. What is an HTTPS DDoS attack, and what can you do to keep your business safe?

What is a DDoS Attack?

A Distrusted Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is a malicious attempt to flood the network of a targeted server, network, or service with extra internet traffic. Every network or business website has limits on the amount of online traffic it can handle. Commonly, the limit is much higher than needed to continue operating effectively and seamlessly.

A DDoS attack takes advantage of the network’s capacity limits on any resource, such as a company’s website, and sends multiple requests to the targeted resource. These requests exceed the server capacity to handle multiple requests, resulting in the targeted website being unable to function as normal. 

DDoS attacks effectively use multiple compromised systems, such as IoT devices, computers, and other network resources, as a source of traffic for the attack called a botnet. By overwhelming your network resources, the botnet prevents you from utilizing your online resources’ services and hinders your business’ operations. DDoS attacks can be both frustrating and costly to manage if they can infiltrate your system. 

Protect Your Business from DDoS Attacks

You can take a few security measures to help protect your network. You first want to ensure you and your team understand the basics of network security. Some of the standard best practices include strong passwords, phishing awareness, and adding firewalls. Maintaining firewalls helps prevent unauthorized access to your network. 

While more secure than no security measures, protecting your network further requires advanced measures to be taken. You need to set up security to prevent your firewall from failing by keeping your systems updated and incorporating a DDoS response in your business continuity plan. 

Another way to protect your business from DDoS attacks is to use the cloud for more aspects of your business. The cloud is better equipped to handle these attacks with its larger bandwidth and security in place explicitly designed to minimize the impacts of a DDoS attack. These basic security measures can help to protect your network from being targeted by a botnet. 

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3 Ways you Can Boost your Router’s Security

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Your wireless routers not only provide you with Wi-Fi but also give a lot of devices access to the rest of your network. So, securing your router is essential in protecting your personal and business data. Let’s take a look at a couple of best practices to strengthen your network security and keep your wireless internet protected.

Before diving into the list, we should clear up what your wireless internet router is actually like. Many people pay little to no attention to their router after setting up, besides the occasional unplugging and plugging back in when the Wi-Fi goes down. However, your router is actually its own computer with its own operating system. Because of that, they have their own vulnerabilities that most users are unaware of.

Unfortunately, most routers are not built with security at the forefront, and very few alert users when new firmware becomes available. If unchecked, this can lead to security vulnerabilities lasting longer than anyone would like, increasing the risk of data breaches.

So, what can you do to prevent this?

1. Update your Router’s Software and Check the Settings

Like any computing system that you use, your router runs software that allows it to function. So, as your router ages, you’ll have to update the firmware and software that the router uses to route wireless signals. Also, consider checking the following settings:

Network Name – Make it something unique that doesn’t allow hackers to easily identify your organization

Automatic Updates – You can turn on automatic firmware updates to maintain network security.

Enable WPA2 or WPA3 encryption – This ensures that only authorized users can access your wireless internet.

2. Disable Dangerous Accessibility Options

Unfortunately, sometimes the options that make our router easier to use also open it to network security breaches. Two accessibility options to look out for are the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and Wi-Fi-protected Setup (WPS).

UPnP is the default setting on most routers but also leaves your wireless internet open to attack. It’s worth taking the time to change this setting to improve security.

WPS is an ease-of-use feature that allows devices to connect through a static eight-digit pin, even if the username and password for the network have been changed. The PIN is often even printed right on the router. This leaves it extremely vulnerable and should be disabled immediately. 

3. Set Up a Guest Wi-Fi Network

One of the best ways to maintain network security is by limiting the number of people that have access to it. You should only trust others with network access when absolutely necessary. A wonderful way to make this possible is by setting up a guest wireless internet network to offer visitors. Most commercial-grade routers and many personal routers have this function. You can even set the network to turn off after a certain amount of time, further limiting access.

If your business runs a lot of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, this guest network can save you from a number of security problems. Since IoT devices come with their own security pitfalls, connecting them to the guest network will keep your information safe.

Keeping your router and wireless internet secure can go a very long way in protecting your whole computing infrastructure. Give WheelHouse IT a call at 954.474.2204 today to learn more about network security for your business.

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