Immunize Your Organization Against DDoS


The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted normal business operations, creating enormous economic and logistical strains on organizations. The change was sudden and dramatic, which meant that many organizations had to pivot quickly to respond to work at home orders and accommodate a an almost exclusively remote workforce. With much of the workforce working remotely from home, IT professionals had to expand their services by setting up VPNs, Remote Desktop Protocols, enabling staff to work with personal devices at home, and educating their colleagues about the increased dangers of cyberattacks. On top of that, many organizations have had to deal with economic uncertainty and reduced revenues, making it more difficult to ensure their cybersecurity.

Any strain on corporate IT resources can create fault lines in an organization’s cyber security posture, and many cyber criminals are eager, willing, and able to take advantage of any such weaknesses. Therefore, it’s not very surprising to see the results of a recent Tanium survey of CXOs and VPs, which discovered: “Rising cyberattack volumes compounded enterprise security management challenges. As threat actors sought to cash-in on the disruption, 85 percent of IT leaders said they saw an uptick in attacks due to the pandemic. The most common of these were attacks involving data exposure (43 percent), business email or transaction fraud (35 percent), and distributed/denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) (32 percent).”

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) typically ranks highly now, among the concerns of IT professionals, and it will likely remain a top concern long after the COVID pandemic is over. Sophisticated short-duration, low-volume DDoS attacks, with the ability to evade manual and legacy solutions, are now the norm and present a very real risk to business continuity, brand reputation, and an organization’s bottom line.

Like COVID-19, the fight against DDoS is ongoing, but there is already a way to “vaccinate” your organization against DDoS. It’s relatively easy to implement effective DDoS mitigation; just be sure that it is always-on, surgically accurate, real-time, and automated. Organizations can take action right now, by asking their Internet Service Providers whether they offer DDoS Protection as a Service. For small to medium-sized businesses, it may also be wise to outsource cybersecurity oversight to a Managed Security Service Provider because they have the expertise to handle a variety of security issues.  Larger enterprises may want to consider purchasing an on-premises DDoS mitigation solution, giving them greater visibility, and possibly deploying that in hybrid combination with a cloud scrubbing service, for ultimate assurance of business continuity.

For over a decade, Corero has been providing state-of-the-art, highly-effective, real-time automatic DDoS protection solutions for enterprise, hosting and service provider customers around the world. Our SmartWall® DDoS mitigation solutions protect on-premise, cloud, virtual and hybrid environments. For more on Corero’s diverse deployment models, click here.  If you’d like to learn more, please contact us.

Sean Newman is VP Product Management, responsible for Corero’s product strategy. Sean brings over 25 years of experience in the security and networking industry, to guide Corero’s growing leadership in the real-time DDoS protection market. Prior to joining Corero, Sean’s previous roles include network security Global Product Manager for Cisco, who he joined as part of their acquisition of cyber-security vendor Sourcefire, where he was Security Evangelist and Field Product Manager for EMEA. Prior to that he was Senior Product Manager for endpoint and network security vendor Sophos, after having spent more than 12 years as an Engineer, Engineering Manager and then Senior Product Manager for network infrastructure manufacturer 3Com.