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How to attack DDoS threats with a solid defense plan

Last updated:August 2017

Editor's note

"Delay is the deadliest form of denial," said British historian C. Northcote Parkinson. He was writing a century ago, but his words still ring true. Especially when it comes to coping with distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, which are growing more sophisticated and destructive. But you can attack DDoS threats by understanding them and preparing your defense and response strategies.

This guide delves into all aspects of the DDoS threat. It includes information on the most recent news-making attacks and explains steps you can take right now to protect your systems. It also explores how to create an effective defense strategy to counter DDoS now and in the future.

Not surprisingly, the best offense when it comes to DDoS is a good defense -- that is, a thought-out and well-tested anti-DDoS program. That you'll face a DDoS attack in your career is inevitable. Read on to get up to date on the DDoS attacks coming at you and plan your response now.

1Knowledge is power: Reports on recent attacks and attack responses

Some recent DDoS attacks paint a scary picture. There are also recent reports that a hacker who needs tech help can now hire it for dollars an hour. Other reports show that often a DDoS attack might be camouflage for something far worse. Learn about recent attacks here and the anti-DDoS programs some organizations are using to thwart them.

2Solid steps to take now to prevent DDoS attacks

In recent years, DDoS attacks have risen to record levels. Now is the time to protect your enterprise systems and attack DDoS. In this section, our experts show you how with directed, practical advice.

3How best to attack DDoS threats? With an ever-evolving strategy

As in all things security, the threat is always moving and morphing. In this section our experts cover the latest in DDoS threats, including attacks in the cloud and in the SSDP protocol, among other things. Learn how DDoS attacks are evolving and what you can do to keep your anti-DDoS program up-to-date and effective.

4To speak the language of DDoS defense, learn these key terms

Every aspect of IT comes with its own specialized terms; why would it be any different with DDoS? Here are some key terms you need to have under your belt as you make plans to attack DDoS.