By Mark Staudinger
VP of Systems Architecture
The frequency of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks is on the rise – with an estimated 28 attacks occurring every hour as reported by eWeek. Hackers are getting more creative, malicious and persistent – making it difficult for companies to protect their IT environments. Most companies, if they haven’t already, will have to deal with some type of cyber attack at some point. If your company’s website is hacked, chances are it may be defaced or taken down entirely, resulting in the loss of thousands of dollars (possibly more) in lost revenue – not to mention all of the aggravation it would cause your clients and prospective clients if they were unable to reach your site or gain access to your products and services.
With NYI’s recent launch of Fault Tolerant Web (FTW) we have been helping companies plan, prepare and protect one of their most critical assets, their website. We designed FTW to not only to provide high availability and increase performance, but also to provide active security for FTW-enabled web sites. FTW protects against a variety of online threats, blocks web exploits (SQL Injection, RFI/XSS) before they reach your server, and mitigates the impact of DDoS attacks.
NYI’s support team sees quite a few different scenarios. A few months ago, we activated FTW for a customer’s website that was actively under attack, exploiting vulnerable code across about 70 different domains. FTW stopped the attacks once and for all. Previously, the client had written scripts to remove the malicious code, only to see it reappear within hours or minutes. With FTW, the attack itself was blocked, preventing the installation of any additional malicious code.
Once FTW is implemented, all DNS look-ups will direct your visitors to NYI’s FTW machines located in multiple secure data centers, which will then forward the requests on to your server. As a result, the machine your website visitor is using will never be talking directly to your web servers. This allows FTW to screen web requests for malicious traffic, and also prevents access to other possibly vulnerable services that may be running on your server.
Don’t become another hacker statistic – get in touch with NYI to learn how to easily protect your business and keep the malicious attacks at bay.