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Neustar's Ted Swearingen Advises on Defense Against DDoS Attacks

Neustar's Ted Swearingen Advises on Defense Against DDoS Attacks - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Neustar's Ted Swearingen Advises on Defense Against DDoS Attacks - top government contractors - best government contracting eventAccording to Neustar director of security operations, Ted Swearingen, small and midsize businesses need to be prepared for Denial of Service attack with an “instant response plan.”

“If you don’t plan, when you do actually have an event your response time and general reaction will be much more chaotic, and you’ll have a much harder time defending against and mitigating a DDoS attack,” Swearingen said in an interview.

Swearingen identifies five basic areas of coverage for a good plan including:

  • defining identity triggers
  • list procedures and personnel in case of an attack
  • who and when to bring in outside help
  • a template for communication to customers
  • perform simulated attacks where the plan can be practiced
DDoS and DoS attacks take down critical systems and make a website unavailable to customers and users because of illegitimate requests. Swearingen also suggests monitoring systems, established baselines to system, staying current with best security practices, up-keep of system and controlled access will all aid in minimizing attacks.
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