What Is DDoS?

What Is DDoS?

 By Charles Joseph | Cybersecurity Advocate
 Last update: November 25, 2023

A DDoS attack is a cyber attack in which an attacker attempts to make a network or server unavailable by flooding it with internet traffic. DDoS stands for distributed denial of service, meaning many sources are used in a network attack.

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Key Takeaways

  • DDoS attacks can devastate businesses, causing significant financial losses and reputational damage.
  • DDoS attacks are often difficult to defend against, as they can come from multiple sources and be hard to identify.
  • DDoS attacks can seriously impact website performance and availability, making it difficult for users to access information or complete transactions.
  • Businesses should take steps to protect themselves from DDoS attacks by implementing security measures such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems.
"Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people."
-- Bruce Schneier, a renown computer security professional