DDoS Stress Testing for Increased Resiliency

You’ve heard of DDoS, right? Well, DDoS stress testing is a specific service that helps your organization understand just how well your are prepared for the different DDoS attack vectors that, unfortunately, may come your way. The service consists of simulations of DDoS or high load on your IT and are carried out in a strictly controlled and pre-scheduled manner. What you  get is a detailed report that tells you of network and server issues related to DDoS resiliency. You also get remediation and mitigation advice on how to harden your DDoS mitigation solution or how to implement one, in case you don’t have it yet.

WHY WOULD YOU PROCURE DDoS STRESS TESTING?

Today, DDoS is as easy to inflict on a victim as buying a pizza on-line. It’s cheap and effective too. By stress testing your IT infrastructure, you will be able to identify and plan for mitigating DDoS-related issues before attacks do happen and harm you. You will also gain insight of your incident response procedures and improve them, or simply gain better control over a DDoS mitigation solution you may have. If you’re looking to purchase such a solution, stress testing may help you choose the right vendor for the job.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The stress testing process usually starts with a verification and customization procedure. Real-time DDoS attack vectors are pointed at the organization’s IT public-facing infrastructure from the outside (real-life scenario) or in a closed environment (on-premise simulation). DDoS attacks simulations should be carried out on all applicable Layers of the OSI model in a fine-grained controlled manner with a “Stop” capability at all times. The process must be supervised by service provider’s support member and a representative of the tested organization at all times. Continue reading “DDoS Stress Testing for Increased Resiliency”