??????????????????????????????????Lizard Squad or FamedGod? Irrespective of which group is truly behind this past weekend’s distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Sony’s PlayStation Network and a handful of other gaming sites, the fact remains that another major cyberattack has targeted large corporations, temporarily halting business operations. This recent occurrence swamped networks with repeated requests for information, overwhelming a computer’s ability to respond, thus making it unavailable for legitimate use.

Fortunately, this type of attack is not the kind that steals sensitive information, but it is still a disruption of service. To limit the effectiveness of denial-of-service attacks, be sure to have the proper configuration of network switches, routers, and firewalls. Maintain up-to-date anti-malware software to detect and prevent a computer from being used in a DDoS attack. Additionally, if a company’s website or other services are being targeted, the network service provider can sometimes detect and block harmful traffic before it reaches its destination.

To increase your luck and improve your network defenses, please visit the Preparis Portal for information on Cyber Threats, or contact us at info@preparis.com.

Marlia Fontaine-Weisse is the Content Manager for Preparis.