This past Friday, an internet service provider in the US experienced a Denial of Service attack. This means that their system’s functions were disrupted by a hacker group, rendering their services inaccessible and their resources unusable.
A denial of service attack is extremely disruptive, taking employees offline for significant periods of time, and disrupting customer experiences, potentially leading to financial and reputational losses.
How did it happen?
Hackers execute a denial of service attack one of two ways. Either by flooding the systems of their targets with an overload of information that causes a shut-down, or by providing systems with false information that confuses the system, rendering it unusable. In this particular instance, it is believed that hackers used “the internet of things” in order to gain access to the ISP’s systems, exploiting the vulnerabilities of many smaller technologies in order to attack the company’s function.
Can it happen to us?
Of course, as with any threat in life, the answer is yes, it could. But it isn’t particularly likely. This type of attack typically is aimed at large banks, media companies, government and trade organizations. That said, anticipating threats and taking preventative measures is always the best course of action. Your stakeholders, customers and employees expect it, and doing your best to protect your business assets is never the wrong move.
How can you protect yourself?
This type of attack is predominantly a concern for online retailers and large scale service providers. Your business is most likely to be affected by a disruption in the services provided by such a vendor (i.e. loss of internet access). Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do about that, but you can make sure that your systems are running optimally and that your data is as carefully protected as it possibly can be. Horn IT can check your cybersecurity maturity, to ensure that you’re prepared for every possible scenario.
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