Hot on the heels of last week’s DDoS attack on Janet, the publicly-funded academic computer network, thousands of business and personal websites were this week taken offline by Moonfruit, in the wake of a similar distributed denial of service attack.
An out-of-service website doesn’t just damage revenue – it can have a severe reputational impact too. As one of Moonfruit’s customers pointed out, potential clients might not even return if they think his business no longer exists, while larger companies still run the risk of appearing unreliable. Moonfruit itself, whilst admirably proactive in taking its customers offline as a protective measure, has been criticised for slow communication with those customers, and now has to begin the long process of rebuilding trust.
It’s clear, then, that although DDoS attacks are not the most invasive forms of cyber-attack, they can be hugely damaging, even when no corporate information is compromised. More insidiously, DDoS attacks can also act as smokescreens for more aggressive attacks, in which hackers actively attempt to extract sensitive data.
A DDoS-vulnerable website, in short, is a significant organisational vulnerability, and one that should be taken as seriously as an inadequate firewall or poor physical security practices. Happily, many DDoS mitigation solutions, from proper network segmentation to appropriate load balancing and bandwidth management, are relatively simple to implement.
As we posted recently, DDoS prevention and mitigation features are built into all of our Next Generation Firewall solutions as standard, drastically reducing the chance of an attack succeeding. To find out more visit our website.