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Types of DDoS Attacks to Look Out for in 2024 and Tips to Avoid Them 

As the digital landscape continues evolving, so do its threats. Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are no exception. Though one of the most “basic” threats, it has tested the limits of web-based giants like Google and Amazon, and it could cost businesses millions if they don’t have the proper protocols in place.  

This is where P2P comes in. We will delve into the most common DDoS risks you will face in 2024, providing practical tips on how to keep your company safe.   

A DDoS attack occurs when attackers flood a website’s servers with fake requests for data, making it almost impossible for real visitors to access the website. Thanks to the innovations in AI, they’re becoming even more prevalent and sophisticated. 

Layer 7 (L7) Application Attacks  

Layer 7 attacks, also known as application-layer attacks or HTTP attacks, are sophisticated threats that target the top layer of the OSI model. Unlike traditional DDoS attacks, Layer 7 attacks focus on overwhelming specific applications or services rather than flooding the entire network. Attackers are becoming more adept at manipulating application-level weaknesses, leading to service disruptions and potential data breaches. 

Consider implementing application-layer firewalls and load balancers to protect your business against Layer 7 DDoS risks. These tools can intelligently filter and distribute traffic, ensuring that your applications remain accessible even during an attack. We’d also recommend regular security audits and staying vigilant for unusual traffic patterns. 

87% of the largest DDoS attacks targeted telecommunications companies in the fourth quarter of 2022. In fact, a recent DDoS attack cost Bandwidth almost 12 million dollars! 

Ransom DDoS Attacks (RDoS)  

Ransom DDoS attacks, or RDoS, introduce a sinister twist to traditional DDoS incidents. In these cases, attackers demand payment to cease the assault, holding a business’s online presence hostage. Falling prey to an RDoS incident – sometimes called a DDoS extortion attack – comes with severe consequences ranging from financial losses to reputational damage.  

Preventing RDoS attacks requires a multi-faceted approach. P2P suggests maintaining up-to-date DDoS mitigation solutions, conducting regular threat intelligence assessments, and formulating an incident response plan. As we like to say, the best defense is a good offense, especially regarding RDoS.  

Even SMBs aren’t immune. In fact, companies with 1,000 employees or less account for almost 50% of all cyberattacks. 

IoT-based DDoS Attacks  

The explosive growth – and popularity – of Internet of Things (IoT) devices has given DDoS attackers new ways to launch devastating assaults on both corporations and individuals, from security cameras to smartphones. Recent incidents have showcased the vulnerability of IoT ecosystems, leading to disruptions in online services and impacting businesses’ online presence. In fact, the most recent Nokia Threat Intelligence Report reveals that there’s been a fivefold increase in DDoS attacks from unsecured IoT devices

To mitigate IoT-based DDoS risks, adopt best practices such as regularly updating and securing IoT devices, implementing network segmentation, and employing traffic filtering solutions. P2P’s specialized knowledge in IoT security positions them as the go-to experts to fortify your business against these evolving threats.  

DNS Amplification Attacks   

DNS Amplification attacks exploit vulnerabilities in the Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure, leading to overwhelming traffic directed at a target. These attacks can result in service outages and disrupt a business’s online operations, sometimes for days at a time.  

P2P recommends implementing DNS filtering, monitoring DNS traffic for anomalies, and ensuring that DNS servers are correctly configured and secured to enhance DNS security. Proactive measures can significantly mitigate the risks posed by DNS Amplification attacks.  

Face These DDoS Risks Confidently with P2P  

When it comes to cybersecurity in 2024, complacency is not an option. It is critical that businesses understand the nuances of different DDoS attack types and proactively address them with the right provider, and that partner is P2P. With over 150 years of experience between us, we can help your company not just survive but thrive in today’s digital world. Fortify your business against DDoS threats by making our experts yours today

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