DDoS Attacks

A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is a type of cyberattack that is designed to overwhelm a website or network with traffic, making it inaccessible to users. Using a network of computers the cybercriminals (hacktivists) set out to flood the target website or network with traffic making it unavailable to users by consuming all of the bandwidth or processing power.

Many examples of DDoS attacks are those against high profile websites such as BBC, Ulster Bank, TalkTalk, Tesco Bank but the truth is that these attacks can cause a ‘denial of service’ to any network. A DDoS can come from a bored random hacker, a group of hacktivists or those politically motivated or highly sophisticated organised criminals who extort through the threat of a denial of service.

It’s easy to imagine the impact a DDoS can have on an online bank or an online retailer but the threat could be very real to your business and the results could be incredibly damaging.

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What are the likely impacts of a DDoS to your business?

  • Downtime: A DDoS attack is likely to overload your servers, making it impossible for customers or employees to access their services or valuable data which will result in significant downtime along with other reputational and financial consequences.
  • Financial losses: DDoS attacks can also lead to financial losses, especially if they target businesses that rely heavily on online sales or transactions. Consider the possible loss of sales revenue, allied to the costs of mitigating the attack and restoring services – it can be very expensive.
  • Reputation damage: This type of cyberattack can damage a business’s reputation, especially if customers are unable to access their services or if their personal data is compromised.
  • Legal and regulatory consequences: Depending on your industry, there may be legal and regulatory consequences for failing to protect against DDoS attacks or for failing to notify customers of a data breach.
    Operational disruption: A DDoS attack could also disrupt your operations, making it difficult (or impossible) for employees to access their data or perform their jobs. This can lead to lost productivity and increased costs associated with remediation and recovery efforts.

According to the NCSC It is not possible to fully mitigate the risk of a denial of service attack affecting your service, but there are some practical steps that will help you be prepared to respond, in the event your service is subjected to an attack:

Understand your service:

Understand the points in your service where resources can be overloaded or exhausted. Determine whether you, or a supplier, are responsible for each.


Ensure your service can scale to deal with surges in concurrent sessions.

Upstream defences

Ensure your service providers are ready to deal with resource exhaustion in places where they are uniquely placed to help.

Response plan

You should design your service, and plan your response to an attack, so that the service can continue to operate, albeit in a degraded fashion.

Testing and monitoring

Gain confidence in your defences by testing them, and gain confidence you’ll notice when attacks start by having the right tooling in place.

Security Operations Centre

How the LoughTec SOC can protect your business?

The LoughTec SOC is responsible for detecting, analysing and responding to security incidents in real time delivered through software, technology and (human) security analysts. In addition to 24/7 monitoring and management, the SOC helps organisations maintain
security policies and procedures, deliver training and provides regular reports on our customers security posture.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1.

No obligation, no cost initial consultation to review your current security protocols, enhanced potential requirements and your main concerns.

Step 2.

Deploy the LoughTec System Security Scan for a deep dive on your current cyber posture as well as your threat risk score and analysis.

Step 3.

Review all findings and create our joint cyber security action plan to mitigate the potential risks.

Step 4.

Implement the required tailored cyber improvement plan and resolution actions for your business.

Step 5.

Ongoing LoughTec account management updates with additional training and support tools and plans available.

Our advice to every business is that you need better visibility of your security posture and an understanding of the implications to your business of a data breach, malware or ransomware or any current threat.

Remember cyber threat is a real and constant – there is a good chance that you have already been hacked. If not yet, you definitely will be. It’s important to know that your network is being monitored 24/7/365 – just like you would for your property or plant.

Cyber protection is an investment, not an expense – the LoughTec SOC can protect your most valuable business assets from as little as from as little as £4/day.

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