The role Datacenters play in DDoS Attacks

The role Datacenters play in DDoS Attacks

DDoS attacks are capable of completing disrupting a business’ ability to function by crippling their business systems utilizing the network on which they operate. This can even be achieved by remotely accessing a business’ IoT devices such as cameras, sensors, routers and even thermostats connected to a wider network. However, there are steps that can be taken by a Datacenter and by you to ensure these attacks are prevented.

Limiting impact of DDoS attacks to datacenter management systems

The overall role of the Datacenter is to minimize security risks that may be faced by a business, one of which includes limiting the system connectivity to the internet. This includes both physical infrastructure such as cameras and non-physical infrastructure such as networks. is able to achieve this using the following two methods:

  • Use of different types of networks (physically segregated):
    By utilizing this method, it is not only easier to identify and monitor a breach or point of entry into a network, but it also becomes easier to isolate it, ensuring it affects only one network the business utilizes and does not spread to other networks which may facilitate other business functions. In other words, if a breach is sustained, it will only affect the area of the business on the network which is affected.
  • Limit the possibility to enter internet connected devices:
    By restricting the access of IoT devices to the internet, it prevents external, unauthorized entry to a business’ systems. These devices usually have weaker security than larger networks or devices and as such, make easier targets for DDoS attacks, making them susceptible to programming and remote use. Restricting their access to the internet eliminates this problem and reduces the risk of DDoS attacks.

Datacenter services to limit the impact of DDoS attack to your services

As the business owner, you are ultimately responsible for the security of your business. As such, there are some services a datacenter can offer you to handle DDoS attacks.

  • Supporting in physical network segregation
    By physically segregating networks, it isolates intrusion of DDoS attacks making them easier to monitor and limit the impact they may have on one’s business.
  • Offering redundant/multiple connectivity providers
    By creating redundant paths and using multiple connectivity providers, entry into one’s network can be managed to switch to another network. These attempts can be detected and mitigated due to the point of entry identified with these paths and switching paths. By using the right Tier services provider, the service provider can also play a crucial role in protecting against DDoS.
  • Onsite services to disconnect quickly when needed
    Installing quick measures to disconnect networks and systems makes it easier to limit the affect external intrusion can have on one’s systems. Installing this failsafe can also prove effective when it is difficult to identify and isolate the point of entry remotely.

With the growing network integration of companies, so increases the need for DDoS attack mitigation as it poses a significant threat to organizations. Since a colocation provider ‘only’ provide physical housing services he does not seem to operate in a useful layer to support in prevention of DDoS attacks. However, also a service provider can be part of your internal control framework.

Taking the necessary precautions to monitor and protect a company’s network infrastructure goes a long way in ensuring that company remains able to continue delivering reliable service to its customers. The need for this type of protection has increased and so has its importance. It is in the best interest of any company to seek the best and most effective mitigating measures to ensure business longevity and reliability.

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