In order to fight the battle of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, at-risk businesses need to be armed with the same tools as the bad guys.
Prolexic Technologies, a DDoS mitigation service provider, announced it has added an extensive glossary of DoS and DDoS terms to its online Knowledge Center, which will help Web workers understand the tools and methods hackers use to target organizations.
"When faced with a DDoS attack, confusion can quickly set in, especially when an organization's key IT personnel are unavailable," said Stuart Scholly, Prolexic's president. "Decision makers typically aren't familiar with these terms, but have to act fast. This glossary provides one more tool to help them promptly assess the situation and take appropriate action to mitigate any damage."
More than 60 common acronyms and technical terms used to describe these attacks are defined in the Glossary of Terms. The need for Web workers to familiarize themselves with these terms is growing, as according to the Prolexic Security Engineering & Response Team, such DDoS attacks increased 10 percent in Q2 2012.
"Malicious hackers already know this stuff," said Scholly. "They know the difference between a Layer 4 and a Layer 7 attack. When businesses and media can speak their language, too, it becomes more difficult to catch a potential target off guard."
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