What is DDoS? The Problem and Solutions

Since we became a Cloudflare partner, we’ve been asked multiple times: What is a DDoS?

The Rundown on DDoS Attacks

A DDoS is a distributed denial of service attack.

Years ago when a business needed to get online, they purchased web hosting services through many web hosting companies. It was usually on a single server for the client, shared between multiple other clients depending on how the request into the machine. At the time most servers were capable of handling the load of a lot of requests, sometimes in the hundreds, if not thousands per second.

Now comes along somebody you made an enemy with. Knowing the capacity of your server, they would then utilize hundreds, thousands, or millions of compromised machines in a coordinated attack to overload your server online. This caused your business to suffer online, drop off search engines, and prevent your business from being accessible and communicating online. Email, web, DNS, and even name registrars were not immune to this attack. They were very common about 10 to 15 years ago.

Cloudflare and Other CDNs

Now, where does Cloudflare come in?

Cloudflare is what is known as a CDN. A CDN is a content delivery network. A content delivery network delivers content in a distributed manner to those who request it. In its most basic form, they have hundreds if not thousands of servers acting as one to satisfy the content request for someone requesting it. That basically means that you have dozens of data centers to handle any number of content requests easily. One of the greatest strengths of this content delivery network is the ability to mitigate DDoS. Since hundreds if not millions of servers are handling requests promptly, your website, the content isn’t compromised, and you can still be productive in your day-to-day operations.

There are many other features with the Cloudflare CDN, but the biggest one is mitigation of distributed denial of service attacks. For businesses that need to be number one on the Google page ranks, being or Yahoo, a CDN is required. Want to learn more about CDNs? Check out our other blog, Denial of Service Attacks and CDNs like Cloudflare. Want to get started? Then contact Trition Technologies so we can talk more about proactive website security and IT support.

Denial of Service Attacks and CDNs like Cloudflare

At Triton Technologies, security is in the forefront of our mind on every level. That includes stuff and technologies that we do not have direct access to or complements our client’s networks. One of those such complementary services is web hosting and web page public facing servers.

The Rise of Denial of Service Attack Services

Over the last couple months, we noticed a tremendous amount of malware infecting people’s incredibly and WordPress-based websites.

What we’ve also noticed is the proliferation of cheap denial-of-service (DoS) attack services that can help take our competitor’s website. Such black-market services are cheap. For $20 an hour, you can deny a competitor’s website from operating. May not seem like a lot of time, but when you know that they are doing a demonstration, nothing is more embarrassing when it completely flops.

Cloudflare and Content Distribution Networks

All the above reasons are why at Triton technologies, we recommend Cloudflare. Cloudflare is a content distribution network (CDN), sometimes known as a content delivery network.

What is a CDN? A CDN is a large array of multiple hosted server farms that single service purpose. Your website is replicated online through hundreds if not thousands of servers worldwide in dozens of different countries. Why is this important? If 1 million requests suddenly hit your website, a 2nd denial of service attack comes in. It can be forced through all of the servers and legitimate customers will be able to get their request through as if nothing happened. This is tremendously useful for clients with web-based programs, services, and products.

Other Perks of CDNs

It also changes the public face of your website. Instead of it going to a single server where most websites are, it distributes them through all the servers. It masks the original server. Viruses, malware, hacks cannot penetrate because the servers don’t actually host anything at the administrative or database level. It makes them very resilient. For the starting basic package of $20, it is extremely worth the benefit.

Want to learn more about getting your website set up on a CDN and other malware and virus blocking options? Contact Triton Technologies, and we’ll go over your options.