Removing external attack surface eliminates DDoS attacks

February 3, 2024

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are a common and growing problem for companies that rely on the internet to conduct business.  These attacks involve overwhelming a website or server with traffic from multiple sources, causing it to crash or become inaccessible to legitimate users.  Attackers target external resources like public-facing websites and internal targets such as a database that provides data to various SaaS applications.  Best practices exist for protecting your website against DDoS attacks, but what about your internal resources and services that are shared over the internet?

One way to protect against DDoS attacks is to use a remote access networking solution like Remote.It.  This service allows companies to access and manage their devices remotely without exposing them to the internet.  Host devices do not need a global IP address or open port to be accessed via Remote.It.  The servers are invisible from the public internet and will not appear in network scans.  Once the servers are hidden from the public, a sizeable external attack surface is removed.

Instead, Remote.It uses a secure, encrypted tunnel to connect the host device to the internet.  This tunnel is a barrier between the host device and the outside world, protecting it from DDoS attacks.

Remote.It prevents all three types of DDoS attacks.

  • Volumetric - attacks flood a server or network with false requests on every available port to overwhelm the network, leaving it unable to accept legitimate traffic.
  • Protocol - attacks target the protocols to transfer data to crash a system.  The most common is an SYN flood which asks the target to synchronize instead of acknowledging a connection, tying up the target while it waits for a connection that never happens.
  • Application - attacks application weaknesses focusing on direct web traffic, which is harder to detect as malicious.

In addition to protecting against DDoS attacks, Remote.It also has other benefits for companies.  It allows for easy and secure remote access to devices, making it ideal for remote teams and remote management of devices.  It also simplifies setting up and maintaining a secure network, eliminating the need for complex configuration and management.

Overall, Remote.It provides a valuable solution for protecting companies against DDoS attacks.  Eliminating the need for global IP addresses and open ports eliminates external attack surfaces that can be used by automated malware, bots, and network scanners looking for known vulnerabilities.  It also offers additional security measures and simplifies the process of remote access and network management.

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