Gartner Research

Master These Eight Steps to Control the Damage From DDoS Attacks

Published: 21 April 2014

ID: G00261182

Analyst(s): Lawrence Orans


The DDoS landscape has changed considerably since 2012, leaving many organizations unprepared to deal with today's distributed denial of service threats. Establishing key processes in advance will help to mitigate the impact of a DDoS attack.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Appoint a Small Team of IT Leaders to Make the Decision to Redirect Traffic to a Scrubbing Center During the Early Stages of a DDoS Attack
  • Develop a Process With Your ISPs to Quickly Block Traffic From Offending IP Addresses
  • Audit the Content on Your Website and Remove Large Files That Are Not Necessary
  • Know the Business Value of Services That May Need to Be Temporarily Disabled
  • Establish an Internal Communications Plan
  • Establish an External Communications Plan
  • Perform Quarterly Testing of DDoS Mitigation Capabilities
  • Establish a "Playbook" of the Best Practices Outlined in This Research

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