We were recently chatting with Daniel Humphries, a researcher with Software Advice (an online research firm for IT security software), who told us, “Security people can get so immersed in the world of threats that they forget that terms which have a really obvious meaning for them – such as “trojan,” “zombie” or “botnet”- can sound like baffling video game madness to outsiders. But with one survey putting the global cost of cyber crime to the global economy as high as $575 billion, it’s essential for security people to let the boardroom know that when bad guys raise a zombie army to commit a Distributed Denial of Service attack, it’s no game. Security jargon needs to be translated into lingo that the decision makers in organisations can understand.”
Our security expert, Daniel Weis brings clarity to Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) in Software Advice’s article – How to Prevent a Zombie Apocalypse: 5 Deadly Cyberthreats Explained: “A DDoS attack is a process wherein an attacker will harness a bunch of compromised machines (usually bots) to perform an attack that would prevent the target from being able to respond to legitimate requests. An example could be a website that gets flooded with bogus network or Web traffic, thus rendering the website unable to respond to legitimate client requests. This can also be used by attackers to shut down a company through saturation of the network’s bandwidth and services.”
For more definitions, see the full article here.