Denial of Service Attacks and Your Small Business
In a Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, an attacker attempts to prevent legitimate users from accessing information or services. According to the Global IT Security Risks Survey , DDoS attacks can cost small businesses tens of thousands of dollars from lost revenue opportunities and loss of customer trust.
Most common methods of DDoS attacks involve overloading the target system with too many requests for resources, such that it cannot respond to legitimate requests.
By targeting your computer and its network connection, or the computers and network of the sites you are trying to use, an attacker may be able to prevent you from accessing email, websites, online accounts (banking, etc.), or other services that rely on to run your business.
Small Businesses Must Do What They Can
Unfortunately, there are no effective ways to prevent being the victim of a DDoS or DoS attack, but there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood that an attacker will use your computer to attack other computers:
- Install and maintain anti-virus software
- Install a firewall, and configure it to restrict traffic coming into and leaving your computer.
- Follow good security practices for distributing your email address. Applying email filters may help you manage unwanted traffic
- Have a disaster recovery plan in place
Have a Cyber Liability Insurance Policy in Place
We will work with you to find the right amount of coverage for your business and help you secure a cyber liability policy. Cyber insurance covers:
- Cyber Liability
- Privacy Liability
- System Damage
- System Business Interruption
- Consequential Reputational Harm
- Regulatory Actions and Investigations
Please contact our cyber liability insurance experts at 844-325-9516 or submit a quote request below and a licensed agent will be in touch within two business hours.