DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack perpetrators are usually quite anonymous and stealthy. Even so, detecting the threat of an attack proactively is possible. DDoS detection is possible.
Ask any organization how DDoS attacks get through to their network and devices, and most will say they somehow detour anti-virus applications or network security. Other possibilities are through smart phones, an organization device used outside the physical premises of the organization, or from a tampered or borrowed USB device or thumb drive.
Some immediate conclusions are that antivirus applications need regular, pertinent updates, loopholes in network security need careful monitoring, and an organization’s devices or nodes need protection no matter where they are physically or virtually.
In addition, organization’s information technology or security teams have difficulty in detecting a malicious threat proactively especially when there is no antivirus signature. (An antivirus signature is a number derived from a string of text that labels a certain known virus.) As of September 23, 2013, Symantec notes there are 23,892,648 virus signatures, and that number grows daily. Scores of new viruses create havoc and, at this very second, they do not have signatures.
Employing a DDoS protection service from a trusted, knowledgeable, and experienced company is a must. They can detect, fight and stop attacks by extending the compromised network’s security perimeter as needed. DDoS detection is what is their specialty. The service provider handles application layer DoS attacks, network and server floods, and low-and-slow attacks. Not all DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks bombard using massive traffic and beastly force which might make them easier to detect; they also can use such tools as R.U.D.Y (R U Dead Yet?) for annoying and just as devastating low-and-slow attacks.
Hackers implement low-and-slow attacks easily. They can use just one computer and have real-time awareness of an organization’s resources (application states and threads, memory, CPU, connection tables) consumed by protected servers. A good DDoS detection solution will monitor resource distribution status. It will be aware of protected server trends. It will discover abuse and incorrect or odd application of resources.
Reverse engineering or breaking down known and new attack tools in real-time is best left to experts. DDoS detection is attainable.
A plan to detect DDoS targeted toward an organization immediately is crucial. It is not a good idea to wait until it happens. Just like viruses, DDoS attacks work with new variants of malware that can even see and bypass DDoS mitigation, so again, it is critical to commission experts who stay abreast each millisecond of each day on the latest and who have a proven track record of DDoS detection.
Lack of a DDoS detection plan is like a sport team’s coach who is not aware of patterns and who is not intuitive enough to know what the other team will probably do at any time. The more ready a business is the more likelihood of successful DDoS detection, DDoS mitigation, and DDoS protection. Businesses use market analysts who guide them in deciding how many of a product to make available for sale at any given time. Look at Apple, such as, with the new high-end iPhone 5 launch during the second week of September 2013. They have nearly sold out in-store inventory. They could have sold more. Being ready to detect and protect against DDoS and other cyber security threats is just as important as to sell product and services competitively.