30/01/16

Cyber Attacks on Business on the Rise

Shropshire
businesses are urged to take action and protect their websites against
increasing cyber attacks. The advice
comes after HSBC bank defended a potential attack on Friday (Jan 29, 2016) and as
software experts suggest attacks, which can bring down entire websites, are getting bigger and more sophisticated.

Katy Jones,
managing director of Shrewsbury-based IT company Network Support Solutions,
said the recent attack on HSBC combined with a newly published report by
software company Arbor Networks highlighted a worrying trend. She said:
“The report suggests that over recent years Distributed Denial of Service
(DDoS) attacks, which have the ability to knock whole websites offline by
overloading them with traffic, have been getting bigger and bigger with more
businesses suffering. “It’s
thought the attacks, which are often carried out by automated bots, are also
getting more sophisticated with some now capable of targeting specific areas of
a website. It’s a huge
concern to all companies which operate and rely on a website to do business. HSBC bank
came under a DDoS attack on Friday but successfully defended against it. We
also know of local businesses who fell victim to similar cyber attacks last
year. The impact
was pretty high and not something you want to be dealing with when you are
trying to run a successful business. We would
urge all business owners to take action and install protection before it’s too
late.”

Ms Jones,
whose company is located at Shrewsbury Business Park, added that whilst not all
attacks are avoidable there were a number of defence mechanisms which
businesses could put in place to reduce the risk. She said: “A filter, such as
that sold by Cloudfare can be used by companies with an E commerce site.”
This
is a type of filter which can detect if the logon to the site is by a real
person.“Or Barracuda offer a Cloud DDoS firewall
which has several capabilities to secure a website against advanced DDoS
attacks. Companies offering website hosting also
buy into additional DDoS security and will be happy to let clients know what
their policy is. And at a more local level, routers such
as the Drayteks have a DoS defence setting which can also be set at differing
levels of protection.”

Cyber attacks are often prompted by a
variety of motives including ideological reasons, attempts to knobble the
competition, maliciousness, or, in some serious cases, extortion. Any website can become the victim of such
an attack and recent cases include the Irish National Lottery and the BBC.

For anyone wishing to know more about the
services provided by Network Support Solutions should contact 01743 290588 or
visit the website www.networksupportsolutions.co.uk.