DDoS attacks can disrupt the service a company provides to its customers. Too many DDoS attacks can make it difficult for customers to use the services they’re paying for and can lead to significant losses in revenue. A DDoS attack is initiated through compromised devices, often distributed globally in what is known as a botnet. Unlike other denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, DDoS attacks use a single internet-connected device – this makes them incredibly difficult to mitigate and virtually impossible to be protected against.
When an organization’s website is under attack by a DDoS, the best course of action depends heavily on how well they’ve planned for these events and what kind of protection service they’re using to combat against these malicious attacks.
Some organizations rely solely on their ISPs for DDoS protection. We don’t recommend this as a principal strategy because ISPs are not set up to stop DDoS attacks. If you already have a protection plan that guards you against DDoS attacks with your ISP, we recommend Contingency DDoS Protection as an additional measure to provide a layered barrier.
Other companies rely on application security providers to conduct instant identification of a DDoS attack and automatically disperse the bad traffic for performance and business continuity. Once bad traffic has been identified, DDoS protection technology often diverts it to a DDoS-resistant data center at a point of presence. There the attack is absorbed without affecting website performance.
WHAT IS A POINT OF PRESENCE (POP)?
A point of presence is a physical location where an organization can have its digital presence. For example, a company may have a website, but they might also have a social media account and an app.
A point of presence is typically defined as the physical location where the company’s digital assets are stored and managed. In marketing, this includes the website and other digital assets like social media accounts, apps, etc.
The main focus of the company’s digital assets is to bring in new customers to their business.
Pops are used in DDoS attack mitigation
Are you looking for more defences against DDoS attacks? Application security providers often have detailed information on their data centres across the world, which is a useful resource. PoP sites are not all equal and positioning them in the right way can be important. They are useful for mitigating the effects of a DDoS attack, but don’t forget to make sure you have the right level of protection for your business. In this article, we’ll explain what POP sites are and how they work. We’ll also showcase what needs to be looked out for when assessing them to find a reliable solution for handling your network traffic.
A Point-of-Presence makes it possible for two or more internet devices to connect. They are based in areas with high internet usage and allow websites to respond quickly to inquiries from the internet. With the same features that make PoPs great for websites that get lots of traffic, they are also the best choice to protect against DDoS attacks.
Why not all PoPs are created equal
You need to find a single-stack provider that provides you with a PoP, which encompasses protection against malware, CDN and WAF when it comes to content delivery networks; ABP and API security – protecting against bots. Lastly, advanced DDoS protection. The best way to find a high-quality provider is to look at how much they offer outside of the standard firewall, CDN, and other “single solution” services. Some providers offer many services all in one package. Others specialise, only offering dedicated firewalls or web optimization.
When you are under attack, your DDoS solution provider will route your traffic to one of these scrubbing center PoPs. It takes a little time during an attack for this routing to happen, so it’s possibly for an attacker to get through if not enough capacity is available. A site’s performance will likely be affected by the downtime needed to resolve a DDoS attack & it doesn’t matter as much how many PoPs a solution provider has. What you should consider is how many of their PoPs have the technology in place to help mitigate these types of attacks.
Fundamental solutions providers should provide the following:
- Single Stack PoP Delivery . The best provider will offer advanced technologies to protect you from the latest cyber threats. They should offer in every PoP around the world, and these must be placed in key high traffic areas so that you are never caught out.
- PoP technologies only in their Proprietary. Many providers offer single stack solutions to their customers, yet often use other technology to perform essential functions. Look for a platform with an infrastructure that is maintained by the provider.
- A straightforward role for their PoPs in their SLA.. Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with solution providers can be tricky but we’ve already discussed that they should eventually come to your aid. When they do, at the very least, they should start mitigating the DDoS attack in x seconds without any caveats