Technical Insight-Vulnerabilities

Checklist To Prepare Yourself In Advance of a DDoS Attack

Many people are discussing the latest attacks that have been causing intermittent outages all over the Internet. Unfortunately, distributed denial of service (DDoS) causes massive congestion; and without something upstream close to the attacking machines in question, it can be very difficult to stop the attack.

One thing I find is that many organizations simply have no idea what to do when they are faced with a denial of service attack (DoS), or with it’s big bad brother, the distributed denial of service attack (DDoS). So I created a DDoS Runbook that can be used by companies in advance of any attacks to help them organize how they are to deal with the attack if and when it does occur. The last thing you want to do in the midst of a crisis is try to figure out who runs the infrastructure that’s under attack, or be formulating a last minute crisis management news-letter from scratch.

I highly encourage companies to download it, and make it their own. Modify what makes sense to modify, add or delete what’s missing or doesn’t apply and make sure you have it handy. It’s nice to be able to break glass in case of emergency and have a good plan in place.