How Managed DDoS Protection Shields Your Critical Web Applications

Reading the headlines? You might not be surprised to see that Akamai found DDoS attacks have doubled between 2014 and 2015. The threat of DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack looms large for business of all sizes.

DDoS attacks are somewhat unsophisticated attacks that flood your network with malicious traffic, executed by botnets, hacked servers and hacked routers. When hackers can simultaneously flood your public network with malicious packets, it can prevent legitimate customers from accessing your website.  IMG_0126

And for most businesses, loss of traffic and website functionality means — you guessed it — loss of revenue. 

DDoS Attacks Can Cripple Your Organization

Like the old train robberies of the Wild West, DDoS attacks have become a sort of high stakes online ransom for organizations. DDoS attacks are big business for hackers, who will use the threat of DDoS attack to literally solicit ransoms from high-profile organizations. High profile attacks in recent years have hijacked sites like Evernote and Feedly, to name a few, and they continue to find ways to affect millions of users. These two recent DDoS attack examples offer some insight into the potential damage for organizations:

  1. ProtonMail Endures Sophisticated DDoS Attack Requiring Help from Swiss Government

In late 2015, ProtonMail faced one of the largest DDoS attacks in history when its servers were slammed by an attack that sent over 50Gbps of junky packets to its servers.

The secure email provider reports that its administrators received a ransom email demanding Bitcoins prior to the attack. ProtonMail’s administrators ignored the email and 12 hours later, their services became unavailable, preventing thousands of people from accessing their email.

After unsuccessfully battling the attacks, ProtonMail succumbed and paid the ransom…but the attacks continued. In fact, ProtonMail was unable to deflect the attack until they got the Swiss government’s cyber security agency MELANI involved.

  1. BBC Website Gets Hit by 600Gbps+ DDoS Attack

Even mainstream news websites are not immune to DDoS attacks. The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) was hit by a massive DDoS attack in early 2016. Security experts suggest the DDoS attack impacting the BBC was the biggest DDoS attack to date.

With the international news agency receiving over 600Gbps of malicious data, many BBC users were unable to access the website. There is no indication that a Bitcoin ransom was requested, therefore many security experts suggest that this DDoS attack could have been a show of power by the cyber gang that perpetrated this attack. For sites like the BBC; however, where timely release of news stories is essential, this type of attack can be particularly harmful.

How to Prevent a DDoS Attack

There are a few steps you can take to prevent DDoS attacks from crippling your organization:

  • Increase bandwidth to prevent a DDoS attack.  Ultimately, DDoS attacks strangle your servers because they use up your bandwidth. Although far from foolproof, one of the simplest ways to stifle attempts at a DDoS attack is to increase your server bandwidth (Hint: We can help you increase server bandwidth here at ColoCrossing).
  • Implement a Network Firewall Appliance to Deflect DDoS Attacks. Network administrators agree that it is a best practice to use a firewall to help mitigate DDoS attacks. Vendors such as Cisco, Juniper, Palo Alto and SonicWALL provide administrators with robust features such as Intrusion Prevention and Real Time Block Lists that help deflect DDoS attacks.
  • Partner with a managed IT provider that offers DDoS attack prevention. Here at ColoCrossing, our managed IT services include robust DDoS attack prevention. We’ll shield your servers from a DDoS attack so that cyber criminals become discouraged (and ultimately shift their efforts elsewhere).

Our DDoS attack prevention service offers sophisticated, automated protection for your server. We help you sleep easy knowing your servers are backed up with 100% network availability and true 24/7/365 support for our nine US-based data centers.  Wondering how ColoCrossing can protect your organization? Contact us today to learn more.

 

6 Important Data Center Insights Every CIO Should Know

DSC_0570Did you know that only 1 in 4 organizations plan on building out their own data centers when they run out of floor space? 451 Research conducted a survey that queried senior IT managers about their organization’s strategy to accommodate a rapid data center expansion which revealed many interesting trends.

In this report, 451 Research highlights the fact that over 1 in 3 enterprises are adopting colocated solutions when compared to alternate options such as building onsite or using cloud infrastructure. With so much on the line, every CIO should carefully consider their own unique situation while simultaneously guiding their enterprise into the coming years. Here are 6 important data center trends that every CIO should know:

Within 24 Months, Many Enterprises Will Move Offsite

Build-vs-Buy-Colocation-Data-CentersNow more than ever, enterprises are ditching their server closets and moving all of their onsite data center equipment into colocated data centers. Research analysts predict that most organizations will use cloud, colo or a combination of the two.

Power and Rack Density Are Key Drivers

When organizations shop data centers, buyers may focus in on two key factors. Having trusted and recognizable power equipment helps those evaluating data centers make confident decisions in their quest to find the best colocation provider. Being able to store dense, next generation equipment also helps data centers close the deal with prospective clients.

The Need for Managed Security Services

IMG_20150910_170031Is your organization at risk for a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack? How can your enterprise fend off a cyber attack? Sometimes, a firewall just isn’t enough. Your data center colocation hosting solution may offer managed security services. One of the most popular add-on security features is DDoS mitigation.

Network Uptime & Availability is More Critical Than Ever

Some enterprises cannot afford to risk their network availability by using cloud based solutions. A Google search for “High profile cloud outages” only proves that when cloud goes down, enterprises are often left in the dark about what happens next. Colocated data centers such as ColoCrossing can uniquely offer 100% network uptime & availability.

The Combination of IT and Facilities

In larger organizations, the facilities crew can sometimes battle with the IT staff on the ownership of the data center. When colocation is introduced, your data center provider will be solely responsible for providing the racks, the cabinets, the power and the ping. This simultaneously streamlines your operation while allowing your IT staff to focus on their day to day tasks.

The Average Age of an Onsite Data Center: 20 Years Old

Tim Flynn at Forsythe Focus says “With the average U.S. data center approaching 20 years of age, enterprises simply don’t want to deal with outdated facilities and building systems infrastructure.” The age of your onsite data center is likely to become a motivating factor for your transition into a colocated data center.