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  • Is Your State Protected Against DDoS Attacks?

    By NIC Inc. |

    _KMJ1280_ADJAccording to Akamai’s State of the Internet Security Report, there is a 125 percent increase in DDoS attacks year after year. Cyber threats are increasing, and with every state government experiencing an attempted or successful cyber invasion last year, it’s clear that hackers have targeted government agencies.

    During a DDoS attack, your website is flooded by IP addresses with the intent to take your system down. While there are many cyber criminals online, there are three main reasons why they perform DDoS attacks to take ​down your system. 

    3 Reasons For DDoS Attacks

    1) So that you will incur a financial loss. 
    2) "Hacktivism" or in other words, to make a political statement.
    3) To distract your IT staff so the cyber criminals can simultaneously perform other nefarious activities in another part of your network.

    At NIC, keeping our government partners’ sites and services secure is our top priority. One important thing to know about DDoS attacks is that they rarely constitute a security breach. While they are disruptive, it is uncommon for personal information to be compromised during an attack.

    Since there is rarely a way to see an attack coming, we believe that the best defense is a good offense—that is, making the agencies a less appealing target. By distributing agency services in multiple locations, the attackers won’t be able to take the entire collection of services offline. This limits the impact of a single successful attack.

    Another step to consider is using a content delivery network (CDN) as an entry point to the agency services. This will mask network connections from attackers, making them less likely to target the agency from the start.

    As a digital government services provider, we want government to trust partnering with us. At NIC, we provide built-in protections from DDoS attacks such as distributing our services through different data centers. We reduce the exposure to and impact from DDoS attacks, while the state and agencies maintain control of the mission objectives.

    We have several measures in place at NIC to do what we can to monitor for and prevent DDoS attacks from taking place on our partners’ websites. One thing is certain, we will continue to stay apprised of the latest security issues, as well as prevention and remediation techniques in order to provide the most value to our partners.


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