Don’t Get Distracted by Denial of Service Attacks

Hackers use denial of service attacks to slip in the back door—lock it

Hackers often use denial of service (DoS) and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks as a distraction while they scope out your network’s vulnerabilities, exfiltrating data at that point or using that information to return later and clear you out—just like robbing a house. Over the past two years, DoS attacks have become larger, more frequent, and complex. Mitigation techniques must keep up to reduce the damage to your environment and reputation, and infiltrators’ dwell time.

DoS/DDoS attacks shut down a network or machine and prevent intended users from accessing it, grinding operations to a halt. DoS attacks are accomplished by two methods: flooding and crashing. Flooding attacks overwhelm the operating capacity of a network, server, or machine, slowing and eventually stopping it completely. Crashing attacks exploit a bug—or vulnerability—in the system and render it inaccessible and inoperable. A DDoS attack has the same objectives, but instead of originating with one machine, like a singular DoS attack, it comes from many different machines and locations, amplifying the impact it has on a network. These attacks disrupt business operations by limiting availability and degrading application performance.

Armor’s DoS solution integrates network-wide intelligence and anomaly detection with threat management to help identify and stop volumetric, TCP state exhaustion, and application-layer DoS attacks.

Armor Has The Solution

DoS/DDoS mitigation service enhances our Armor Complete secure hosting offering to provide complete security protection.

Dwell Time eBook

Learn more about the dwell time metric in our eBook.

Armor’s Denial of Service Mitigation Is Better Than Yours

Armor DoS/DDoS mitigation is a 24/7/365 service that is provided at every datacenter location. It detects probes and/or attacks, including, but not limited to, operating system (OS) fingerprinting attempts, common gateway interface (CGI), buffer overflows, server message block (SMB) probes, and stealth port scans. Once an attack is identified, or sensed, based on abnormal behavior, the alert is logged and our security team mitigates the threat. Armor DoS/DDos mitigation delivers:

An Additional Layer of Defense Against Threats

Armor DoS/DDoS mitigation provides an extra layer of detection on your hosts to identify suspicious activity and alert you to it.

Ransomware Advanced Analysis and Correlation

Events are analyzed and correlated with event data from your other devices under management by Armor’s threat prevention and response platform, delivering enhanced detection of potential threats across your public, private, or hybrid cloud—or on-premise—IT environments.

Audit-ready Compliance

Armor DoS/DDoS mitigation addresses key change control processes required by PCI DSS, HIPAA, HITRUST, SAN CSC, NIST, and other frameworks.

A Response that Goes Beyond Alerting

Unlike traditional managed security service providers (MSSPs), Armor goes beyond simply alerting to a problem. Our security operations center (SOC) analysts monitor your environment 24/7/365 while they work closely with your team to investigate and respond to potential incidents.

Making Cloud Security Simple

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Don’t Let a False Alarm Ruin Your Weekend

A typical DoS attack does not look like normal network traffic; it is overwhelming. Frequently, alerts to these behaviors can cause false positives to set off your security system, but they end up being the misconfiguration of an application, client, or proxy, and the panic attack was unnecessary. What looks like a DoS or DDoS attack also can be caused by a vulnerability or network scan that has gone unchecked and is scanning faster and with more concurrent requests than the site can handle, causing a flooding effect.

To eliminate false positives from our DoS mitigation service, Armor’s infrastructure deploys redundant, multi-stage DoS/DDoS mitigation systems, providing early detection and remediation—eliminating that heart-stopping moment when the office calls at 3 a.m.

Will a Denial of Service Mitigation Service Help?

Armor DoD/DDoS mitigation provides source blocking/source suspend; per packet blocking; and a combination of source, header, and rate-based blocking. A complete list of the types of attacks it blocks and DoS/DDoS countermeasures it implements are here.

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We Got Your SECaaS Covered, Whether for Compliance or Security Mandates

Armor does more than secure the network. Our experts monitor and secure your hosts. A defense-in-depth solution that secures your OS to the application layer.

Armor’s DoS/DDoS mitigation service automatically assesses and categorizes risk across your entire infrastructure offering:

  • A fully managed, tightly integrated combination of in-cloud and on-premise DoS protection
  • 24/7/365, in-line, detection and mitigation of DoS attacks ranging from sub 100Mbps to 40Gbps
  • Cloud signaling that provides intelligent integration with Armor cloud security solutions
  • Product options from appliance to virtual platform, with optional managed service
  • Capability to stop inbound and outbound DoS attacks and malware