How to Protect Your Business or Website from Application Layer Attacks

November 2020

It’s no secret by now that distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks can wreak havoc on a business or website, using an influx of fake web traffic to take down a server. What a lot of people don’t realize, though, is that not all DDoS attacks are carried out in the same way. Specifically, there are three main types of DDoS attacks: volumetric, protocol, and application layer.

Recently, there has been an increase in the recorded sizes and instances of application layer attacks. In fact, one study estimated that more than half of reported DDoS attacks in 2017 consisted of this type. By having a better understanding of what an application layer attack is and how it works, you can take the proper measures to protect your site.

What Are Application Layer DDoS Attacks?

Specifically, an application layer attack refers to a type of DDoS attack that targets domain name servers (DNS), HTTPS, and HTTP with the end-goal of taking an entire website offline.  Websites hit with an application layer attack usually face a sudden and ongoing barrage of traffic that can last for hours or even days. When enough traffic floods an HTTP, HTTPS, or DNS protocol, it may shut down entirely. This, of course, can have far-reaching consequences for businesses and websites as they face lost traffic, revenue, and a tarnished reputation among site visitors.

Protecting Against Application Layer Attacks

While there’s no way to guarantee your website or business will never fall victim to an application layer attack, there are some steps you can take to better protect your site. Begin by making sure you have an appropriate level of DDoS security in place; if you don’t already receive free protection through your dedicated server hosting company, you should consider switching to a host that offers this valuable service.

In addition to any standard DDoS protection that may come with your hosting account, you should also consider upgrading to protect against larger attacks as well. This can provide you with added peace of mind and coverage against application layer DDoS attacks, which are growing in size and duration.

Finally, you should take common-sense measures to improve your dedicated server security. This includes changing your passwords regularly, keeping back-ups of your data, and being on the lookout for signs of an attempted attack so you can notify your web host immediately.

How Dedicated Hosting Through ReliableSite Can Help

At ReliableSite, we take DDoS attacks seriously. That’s why we offer a wide range of security features, including free standard DDoS protection for all of our users. If you don’t already have a dedicated server for your website, understand that this type of hosting provides the highest level of security not only against application layer attacks but other types of security issues and breaches as well.

Contact ReliableSite today to find out more about how we can help you stay protected against DDoS attacks and other digital threats.