Prolexic Technologies has added an extensive glossary of DoS and DDoS terms to its online Knowledge Centre, explaining the tools and methods hackers use to target organizations.
The Glossary of Terms defines more than 60 common acronyms and technical terms used to describe DDoS attacks. Such attacks increased 10 percent in Q2 2012, according to the Prolexic Security Engineering & Response Team (PLXsert). Armed with this new resource, at-risk businesses can now decipher industry jargon to better understand the nature of a potential denial of service threat.
"When faced with a DDoS attack, confusion can quickly set in, especially when an organization's key IT personnel are unavailable," said Stuart Scholly, Prolexic's president. "Decision makers typically aren't familiar with these terms, but have to act fast. This glossary provides one more tool to help them promptly assess the situation and take appropriate action to mitigate any damage."
Media outlets will also benefit from access to the glossary. Whether covering amplification attacks or UDP protocols, reporters can easily research complex technical aspects of cybercrime and inform the general public with greater accuracy.
"Malicious hackers already know this stuff," said Scholly. "They know the difference between a Layer 4 and a Layer 7 attack. When businesses and media can speak their language, too, it becomes more difficult to catch a potential target off guard."
Prolexic will update the Glossary of Terms frequently to keep pace with emerging threats and trends. The Glossary is available to the public free of charge at www.prolexic.com/ddos-glossary and does not require registration.