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    DDoS software protects a server or network against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. The DDoS attack, a type of Denial of Service (DoS) attack, occurs when the multiple comprised systems are used to attack a single network target by creating unexpected traffic that overwhelms the target’s servers.

    How does DDoS software work?

    DDoS software works by identifying malicious traffic in the network layer and preventing it from reaching the site’s servers. It means that DDoS software can prevent the DDoS traffic before it attacks the client website. DDoS software, aided by Web Application Firewall (WAF) provides comprehensive protection against application-layer attacks as well. 

    Read More: Keep up with the latest advances in DDoS prevention and cybersecurity software platforms with eSecurityPlanet.

    How do DDoS attacks affect businesses? 

    Website downtime: DDoS attacks overwhelm site servers, making the website unavailable or restricts site visitors from using the site as intended. It may also affect SEO as search engine crawlers find the website or application is out of action. 

    Loss of customer traffic: When a website is unavailable, customers will likely switch to other available options. 

    Loss of time and money: Repairing the website attacked by DDoS requires significant financial and workforce resources.

    Server issues: DDoS attacks can slow down the server or can disconnect the server from internet connectivity. Hosting providers must provide businesses with up-to-date protection tools to fight against DDoS attacks. 

    Website vulnerability: DDoS attacks make websites or applications more vulnerable to future hacking as all security systems may be compromised by the attack.

    Ways to protect businesses from DDoS attacks 

    Develop DDoS response plan: Developing DDoS response plan based on the available security measures help to end the malicious attack at a time when it happens.  

    Follow network security basics: Strong security measures such as complex passwords, secure firewalls, and employee training are crucial in preventing the security compromises that lead to DDoS attacks. 

    Perform vulnerability assessments: Perform vulnerability assessments regularly to protect network resources against DDoS attacks. 

    Choose cloud-based service providers: Reputable cloud-based service providers are equipped with advanced hardware and software to prevent DDoS attacks. 

    Read more about protecting your business from DDoS attacks in eSecurity Planet’s “How to Stop DDoS Attacks.