DoS, DDoS, same thing right?

Do you ever find yourself explaining to peers or management the differences between various potential network attacks?  Or maybe you are the one asking?  Well, don’t feel bad because pretty much everyone starts out by asking something like “is a DoS the same as a DDos?”.

Maybe you actually googled up the differences but, many of us (i.e. me included) start by asking a peer a question like “can you tell me what a SYN flood is?”.  Well, one of my peers shared a link with me that explains several of these attacks and now I’ll share this DDoS attacks for Dummies link with you.

Denial of Service Attack

It is Important to Understand

It is important that we as managers understand these attacks.  Once we comprehend the potential issue, it  helps us appreciate capital requests  submitted for hardware and software that combats these real threats to our business.

You can Guard Against threats with NetFlow

Scrutinizer with Flow Analytics constantly watches for various types of attacks against the servers on the network.  It does this by watching the flows from all the routers (i.e. hundreds), not just one or two.  It provides advanced details like the country the attack came from, the service provider responsible for the source IP (if legitimate), google map location and much more.  Call us if you haven’t had it setup for your company yet.

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Michael is one of the Co-founders and the former product manager for Scrutinizer. He enjoys many outdoor winter sports and often takes videos when he is snowmobiling, ice fishing or sledding with his kids. Cold weather and lots of snow make the best winters as far as he is concerned. Prior to starting Somix and Plixer, Mike worked in technical support at Cabletron Systems, acquired his Novell CNE and then moved to the training department for a few years. While in training he finished his Masters in Computer Information Systems from Southern New Hampshire University and then left technical training to pursue a new skill set in Professional Services. In 1998 he left the 'Tron' to start Somix which later became Plixer.


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