In recent years, the cost of launching a DDoS attack has reduced – so the volume of attacks has rapidly increased. At the same time, attacks have become more sophisticated – and that has made them difficult to guard against and harder for businesses to recover from. Simple prevention techniques – that were effective a few years ago – are no longer adequate to protect against today’s complex DDoS attacks. Because the threats have become more devious, your protection has to be more rigorous.
Unlike virus attacks that tend to propagate automatically, DDoS attacks rely on human expertise. The cybercriminal will usually research the business they’re targeting. They’ll assess vulnerabilities within the target business’s online presence – and preselect the attack tools that are most likely to achieve their malicious objectives. Then, working in real time during the attack, the criminal will constantly adjust their tactics and select different tools in order to maximize the damage they inflict.