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Importance of DDoS Pentest for companies


For the last few years, DDoS attacks have become one of the most widespread forms of cyberattacks targeting entities representing different industries as well as government bodies. Malicious actors conduct these attacks to make the targeted servers, networks, or applications unavailable to users. In the first half of 2021, hackers committed more than 5.4 million DDoS attacks, an 11% increase compared to the figures demonstrated in 2020. Successful DDoS attacks cause both financial and reputational damage to victims and may have long-term implications for their competitiveness in the industry. 


DDoS attack penetration testing allows companies to estimate their resistance to DDoS attacks by identifying weaknesses in their systems and suggesting ways of how to eliminate them. Although DDoS pentest does not guarantee that the client’s systems will be resistant to all possible DDoS attacks, this form of security testing significantly increases the client’s chances to address these types of threats without experiencing heavy damage. Generally, DDoS attack penetration testing is one of the main elements of IT security of every company interested in ensuring the smooth running of its operations.


Mechanism of DDoS attack penetration testing


DDoS penetration testing is a component of the penetration testing procedure carried out by a professional cybersecurity vendor such as Hacken. DDoS pentest provides for identifying vulnerabilities and issues in systems’ configuration by exploiting which hackers can commit destructive DDoS attacks. During DDoS attack penetration testing, a security auditor checks whether the security measures applied by a client are adequate to deal with the large amount of data sent to its applications and systems by malicious actors who often use to this end large botnets, namely, whether they can block a real-world DDoS attack. DDoS penetration testing may provide for testing the resistance of the whole network to DDoS attacks or may be focused solely on testing a particular application or single network. DDoS attack penetration testing performed by a professional cybersecurity vendor simulates real-world DDoS attack scenarios. 


The value a client gets by passing a DDoS pentest


DDoS penetration testing allows a client to prepare the systems and applications for dealing with potential real-world DDoS attacks. During the DDoS attack penetration testing, security specialists point out the directions in which real hackers most likely will try to target the client’s systems. Although even after passing a DDoS pentest, a client still faces a serious risk of becoming a victim of a DDoS attack, a DDoS attack penetration testing helps clients to develop effective attack mitigation mechanisms. As a result, the time a client will need to spend to return his systems to normal functioning after experiencing a DDoS attack will be minimal when compared to companies that have not passed DDoS pentesting. 


Why choose Hacken as a DDoS pentesting vendor


Hacken is one of the most reputable cybersecurity vendors that is trusted by leading companies in their respective industries as well as government bodies. Hacken strictly monitors whether our specialists follow professional and ethical standards and provides regular training to them. As a result, the risks that the client’s systems or applications can be damaged during a DDoS pentest are minimal. Also, Hacken specialists who are responsible for conducting DDoS attack penetration testing regularly communicate with clients after the completion of this security testing process to ensure that a client has not experienced any possible negative implications. Generally, by applying for DDoS penetration testing performed by Hacken clients get services of the highest quality and, thereby, can show their clients and partners their focus on building security to ensure sustainable functioning of systems even at the time of the expanding nature of security threats.



Types of DDoS penetration testing conducted by Hacken

Based on the goals specified by a client and the analysis of the systems under test, Hacken security specialists launch multi-vector DDoS attacks that may include any combination of the following attacks:

  • Volumetric attacks
  • Application-layer attacks
  • Low-and-slow attacks

When these types of DDoS attacks are carried out within the scope of DDoS penetration testing, a client can realize what vulnerable points are present in the systems. The types of DDoS penetration testing services provided by Hacken correspond to the nature of cybersecurity threats existing in the modern digital environment that are faced by companies


Volumetric attacks

Volumetric attacks provide for consuming all bandwidth of the network under test. The purpose of volumetric attacks is to cause congestion between the target and the Internet.


Application-layer attacks

Application-layer attacks provide for exploiting vulnerabilities in the application layer.


Low-and-slow attacks

Low-and-slow attacks provide for targeting systems or applications via very slow traffic that cannot be easily distinguished from normal traffic and, thus, may remain undetected. As a result, genuine users will not be able to access the service. 



  • What possible damage do DDoS attacks cause to companies?

    The biggest risk companies can experience due to DDoS attacks is the non-availability of their systems or applications to users and internal specialists. As a result, they are likely to face financial, technical, and reputational problems.
  • Does DDoS penetration testing fully eliminate the risk for a company to fall victim to a real DDoS attack?

    DDoS penetration testing is one of the most effective security measures a company can take to prevent real-world DDoS attacks or be prepared for addressing them. Of course, there is always a risk that malicious actors can carry out an attack the power of which will be much greater than the company’s capacity to deal with. However, DDoS penetration testing dramatically reduces the risk for a company to experience serious damage as a result of a DDoS attack.
  • What is the scope of DDoS penetration testing?

    The scope of DDoS penetration testing may vary depending on the specifications provided by a client. DDoS penetration testing may provide for testing the resistance of the whole network to DDoS attacks or the resistance of a particular application or system.
  • Do the benefits of DDoS penetration testing outweigh potential risks?

    When performing DDoS penetration testing, security specialists imitate the activities performed by malicious actors. However, before conducting this type of security testing, specialists inform a client about the potential effects of this process. As a result, a client does not experience any unexpected implications. Thus, potential benefits are much greater than possible risks.
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