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  1. Prevention vs. Intervention: How All Businesses Can Benefit from a DDoS Mitigation Service

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    It doesn’t matter if you’re a large multinational corporation or a small retail outlet located in a Pittsburgh strip mall – you are not immune from a DDoS attack. Although attacks on high profile organizations like the UN or IMF get a lot of attention, small to medium size businesses (SMBs) are also increasingly being targeted. Unfortunately, there is a continued trend for SMBs to avoid investing in security solutions, even if they have already experienced a DDoS attack. However, the risks are real: a successful DDoS attack can paralyze your business, costing you time, money and customers. In this blog, we examine why you should invest in an anti-DDoS mitigation solution before damage occurs.

    DDoS Attacks Explained

    A DDoS attack describes what occurs when large volumes of traffic get directed at an IP address, disrupting service and making network resources unavailable to their intended users. Volumetric DDoS attacks are the most common. Their goal is simply to overwhelm a circuit with bogus traffic. On the other hand, modern businesses can also face more stealthy application and session-oriented attacks that target finite system resources. Either way, DDoS attacks are characterized by the following attributes, according to the Department of Homeland Security:

    • Extremely slow network performance
    • Difficulty opening files
    • Website unavailability
    • Application unavailability

    Although telecommunications carriers, data hosting providers, ecommerce enterprises and financial institutions are the most popular targets for attacks nationwide, we have seen a unique trend throughout Western Pennsylvania. In fact, the education vertical (K-12) is seeing a rise in attempted DDoS attacks. As school districts look to take advantage of faster internet connections and make greater use of IoT-compatible devices, the potential for encountering DDoS attacks will only increase.

    Moreover, such attacks are not always a one-time occurrence. They can occur in waves, sometimes over the course of a week. Here’s the bottom line: just because a DDoS attack has not yet happened to your business, doesn’t mean it never will. Strong firewalls and other security protocols can only go so far to protect your operations.

    If you’re serious about avoiding DDoS attacks, the best solution is to subscribe to an anti-DDoS protection service implemented and managed by a trusted partner upstream of your network and mission-critical traffic.

    Why You Should Invest in DQE’s Anti-DDoS Service

    At DQE Communications, we offer a DDoS Mitigation Service to all customers that get their internet from us. It offers your business the following benefits:

    • Improved Network Availability
    • Local, Established Partner
    • Quick Response Times
    • Cutting Edge Technology
    • Customer Remains Hands-off

    Here’s how it works. Basically, we run a clean pipe solution that operates within your traffic’s normal path. That means we use our visibility into traffic flows to block and remove attack traffic before it hits your network’s narrow pipe. Since all incoming traffic passes through our infrastructure, upstream of your network, there is nothing you need to do for this clean pipe system to work. This makes it a lot simpler than cloud-based anti-DDoS scrubbing services, which require customers to allow traffic redirects off normal traffic paths and set up complex tunnels to pull cleaned traffic back into their networks. The simplicity of our DDoS mitigation service and the responsiveness of our network operations center (NOC) satisfy the pain points of our customers who need real time protection and peace of mind to concentrate on normal business operations.

    The truth is that an anti-DDoS mitigation solution like ours is a necessary component of your overall business continuity strategy. It should be used in conjunction with other cybersecurity tools for maximum protection. Improving your cybersecurity is really a holistic process and a DDoS mitigation service like ours will provide significant added value to your business.

    So, plan to succeed – contact us to learn more about setting yourself up with our DDoS Mitigation Service!

  2. Is Your Business Prepared for a DDoS Attack?

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    On October 21, the east coast of the United States woke up to find a significant portion of the Internet wasn’t working. Twitter, Etsy, Tumblr, Reddit, PayPal, SoundCloud, Spotify, Amazon, and even the New York Times were among the sites users were having trouble reaching. The culprit was a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Dyn, a New Hampshire-based Internet infrastructure company. The incident was an unusually large attack, and fortunately it was resolved by the end of the day. However, it illustrates why DDoS is one of the biggest threats to Internet security today.

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