DDoS Stress Testing

What is DDoS Stress Testing?

A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is when illegitimate Internet traffic is sent to a network or website in an effort to flood a Network’s Infrastructure and/or exhaust a server’s resources. The result is that legitimate websites visitors’ requests cannot be fulfilled by the overwhelmed network or webserver.

DDoS attacks are the easiest, yet most damaging attacks that block everyone from using your services. Websites and applications face cyber threats daily by cyber attackers who want to exploit any IT infrastructure vulnerability.

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DDoS Attacks Types

  • Application Layer Attacks

    These attacks target your network’s application layer by sending HTTP traffic load with malicious intent. When an HTTP request comes to the server, to send a response, the server performs multiple tasks such as load files, querying the database, computing the request, preparing the response, etc. With such a huge amount of traffic, the server gets overloaded, and exhausts infrastructure resources and ultimately goes down.

  • Protocol Attacks

    These attacks bring down the service by exhausting intermediate resources like state table capacity, load balancers, firewalls, and TCP handshakes.

  • Volumetric Attacks

    These attacks focus on eating up all the network bandwidth to block the normal traffic. This is done by sending massive data packets to your network using amplification methods, botnet, or spoofed IP addresses.

DDoS Stress Testing Methodology

  • Intelligence Gathering

    We compile an inventory of assets to attack and confirm the assets to be attacked with you, before the DDoS Stress Test begins.

  • DDoS Stress Test

    We perform stress testing at various layers, from the web app layer (Layer 7) down to the network layer (Layer 3). Our DDoS Stress Tests are announced (or unannounced) as previously agreed with your IT staff.

  • Post-test Assessment

    We assess the findings of our DDoS Stress Tests and analyze the results.

  • Report

    We compile a report with our findings and recommendations for remediation and defense.

DDoS Stress Testing Benefits

  • Identify and resolve website infrastructure issues and bottlenecks before the DDoS attacks.
  • Find out the breaking point for your website under overload conditions and optimize for robustness.
  • Plan for an incident response procedure.
  • Devise DDoS mitigation and prevention strategies.
  • Scale and secure IT assets for more resilience.
  • Address infrastructure and misconfiguration issues before attacks happen.
  • Understand how to control your DDoS mitigation solution to be most effective.
  • Harden assets to be more resilient to DDoS attacks.
  • Help you evaluate a mitigation vendor's strengths and weaknesses.
  • Prevent panic when attacks do occur.

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