DYN DDoS Attack Should be Warning Sign for Businesses

When a company as big as DYN can be attacked via DDoS, how do you protect your own business? Here are some solutions that can help.

October 21, 2016 by Hobie T

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This morning, DYN, one of the largest providers of managed Domain Name System records for some of the internet's biggest companies, faced a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attack. Sites including Amazon, Twitter, Soundcloud, and Reddit were affected. People across the country, though more-so on the East Coast, found these sites inaccessible. Dyn continues to provide updates on these attacks as they continue to affect the internet. Dyn had restored service for a while, only to again face another outage. The attack is such a major concern that White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the Department of Homeland Security is investigating the attack. All of this put together begs the question: If such an attack can affect one of the world's largest providers, how can you prevent it from happening to your company? 

 

While there is no one answer to this question, there are a few different ways you can protect your company:

  • Build in redundancy to your IT infrastructure - Don't just have one server supporting your company, or your website. Consider using a cloud solutions provider, such as All Covered, that can provide remote backup and recovery in multiple locations, in case one location is affected by a disaster or DDoS.

  • Test yourselves - How easily can your company be breached? It's a tough question to ask yourself, and an even tougher question to answer internally. Solutions such as using breach prevention solutions, including 'white hat' hackers that will test your website as if they were malicious hackers after your data, can be one way to answer this question.

  • Monitor, monitor, monitor - Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) is a buzzword that's been gaining a lot of traction across IT security experts. Simply put, SIEM solutions can monitor your servers and computers 24/7/365, and many SIEM solutions, such as All Covered Advanced Security, can also provide 24/7/365 remediation - so any problems or potential issues are solved immediately.

  • Be prepared - It goes without saying that DYN probably utilizes all of these strategies, yet they were still attacked and affected by the attack. Prepare your company from management to interns on what would happen if you were breached, and create a response plan.


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As DYN remediates the attack, we must remain mindful that attacks can happen to companies of any size, big or small, and in any industry. If you feel concerned about your company's security readiness - good! You should be. Even All Covered consistently tests itself. Because no one wants to face what DYN faced today.