On this date, May 29, 1849, Abraham Lincoln said, "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."
If you update the term "people" to "companies" and change "fool" to "successfully attack a website", we'd be talking DDoS with Abe.
It's foolish (but common) to assume that your firewall or your hosting provider will protect you from an attack. If you think you've got your servers under control, you might still be fooling yourself that your industry isn't prone to attack. If you aren't in gaming or financial services, you might think you're safe. If you aren't a big corporation or a big government, you think you'll be okay. Obviously, the University of London Computer Center wasn't expecting their site to be unavailable during final exams week. No student could access their tests or update their essays. I'm conflicted about whether the perpetrator should do time or get an A. Maybe both.
In addition to thinking that their industry is safer than others, companies aren't always thinking about the residual costs of their clients being denied service:
- lost contracts
- damaged reputation
- credit rating affected
- insurance premiums can increase
Check out the Digital Attack Map to see what's happening right now. Mouse over the torrents of attacks to see the max Mbps, how long the attack has been going on and where it originates, if known.
Future trends indicate that DDoS attacks will soon be used as a distraction from even worse attempts to compromise sites. Trends also indicate that smaller and smaller companies will be attacked.
Limelight employees have a great training on the Learning Portal: DDoS Attack Interceptor Foundation. Representatives know their stuff and really want to have a valuable conversation with customers about DDoS Attack Interceptor. Site security is a conversation we should all be having about our own company and with any friend who has their own business or has the ear of their IT staff. Start with your friends named Abraham. They love to not be fools.