Online security: how to protect yourself from cyber attacks Online security: how to protect yourself from cyber attacks

Online security: how to protect yourself from cyber attacks

Nobody is safe from a cyber attack. Find out how to protect yourself      

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Cyber crime is on the up, in terms of both the scope and the complexity of attacks.

Businesses, internet operators, cloud services and data centres can all be targeted by cyber attacks. DDoS attacks in particular are on the up. According to the latest annual report by Arbor Network, a company working in the online security sector, there has been a 50 fold increase in DDoS attacks over the past 10 years. 

What is DDoS?

DoS (Denial of Service) attacks aim to prevent people from using a web resource such as a website, service or app as normal by overloading the server’s bandwidth to make it temporarily inaccessible. When different systems take part, the attack is known as DDoS (Distributed DoS) and there is a rise in the number of negative effects. Countless requests are simultaneously sent from different points in the web and the overload makes the service unstable and sometimes even unavailable. DDoS attacks often use Botnet, armies of computers enlisted to generate traffic for the attack without the knowledge of the owners/users.  

DDoS are more than an irritation and a waste of time: they often pose a threat to the future existence of a company and cause serious economic damage (to turnover, due to the unavailability of the service, to productivity, due to employees being unable to use work tools, to image, due users trusting the company less).

What are the main motivations for carrying out a DDoS attack?

  • Vandalism
  • To protest against the ideology of a company
  • Profit (unfair competition and personal revenge)

DDoS are often attempts to discredit or damage a competitor: cyber crime has become an industry in its own right with criminal services for sale on the Deep Web

How can you protect yourself from all this?

Finding the sources of and preventing DDoS attacks is no easy task.

Telecom Italia is doing all it can by bringing into play cyber securityexperts and state-of-the-art technologies to ensure data, networks and services are protectedOur strategy is based on quick response times, monitoring and above all being proactive.

At Telecom Italia, the Security Lab manages activities to prevent and combat cyber attacks. It works to detect emerging patterns and the signs of threats and then implements countermeasures suited to the type and entity of the attack.

Big Data  is an invaluable tool in this work. Information is effectively processed to detect and prevent vulnerabilities and potential attacks.

Telecom Italia is also making available Nuvola It DDoS Protectiona cloud solution providing protection against DDoS attacks. The service:

  • detects the type of attack and filters traffic before it reaches the target infrastructure
  • is ISO 27001 certified and managed by Telecom Italia’sSecurity Operation Center (SOC), a centre employing specialist staff and operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year capable of launching protection, containment and filtering measures against DDoS attacks
  • provides online advice about security problems and issues daily reports.

To call the Assistance Service freephone 800 811 822 followed by the PIN 1035. Alternatively, email soc.mercato.ap@telecomitalia.it.

Cyber crimes are punishable by law.

Police forces in most countries have specialist units on hand to combat cyber crime. In Italy the Postal and Communications Police are tasked with tackling the crime.

To prevent and combat illegal behaviour online, Telecom Italia offers users the option to report abuse.

If you wish to do so, please click here