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Internet Threats to Your Small Business

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Today’s always-on digital world means business Internet security is more important than ever. An ideal defense team is an IT department that not only enforces password protection software, but has hypervigilance for cyber threats are crucial lines of defense against cybercriminals. But for small businesses, that’s a lot of staffing and software fees. 

Optimum Business Secure Internet includes DDoS attack and DNS attack protection as an integrated part of our service, ensuring you're well-guarded from a wide range of digital attacks.

Our Internet service has cyber security built-in so you can have peace of mind in an increasingly treacherous digital landscape. You never know when a malicious attack will happen, and a secure network is your business’s first line of defense against threats like malware and phishing. 

Keep your business protected 24/7/365 with Optimum Business Secure Internet.

What Is a DNS Attack?

First, what is a DNS? A DNS, or the domain name system, translates domain names that are readable by humans (i.e., to machine-readable IP addresses.

When a DNS attack occurs, the attacker corrupts a DNS server to redirect web traffic to a malicious website to collect personal information or initiate another attack. Attackers can do this by replacing a legitimate IP address in the server's cache with the IP of a rogue address. 

Types of DNS Attacks

Cybercriminals use several DNS attacks to hack into your system. These are some of the most common types of DNS attacks. 

  • Domain hijacking changes your DNS servers and domain registrar, redirecting them from the original servers to new destinations.
  • DNS flood attacks overload your server, preventing it from serving DNS requests.
  • Distributed reflection denial of service (DRDoS) attacks overload your network with many bandwidth-consuming requests
  • Cache poisoning involves injecting malicious data into your DNS resolvers’ cache to redirect Internet traffic. 
  • DNS tunneling encodes the data of other programs or protocols in DNS queries and responses. 
  • DNS hijack attack uses malware infections to hijack key system services. 


What Is a DDoS Attack?


DDoS attack means distributed denial-of-service attack. Here, cybercriminals attempt to jam up your website with a flood of Internet traffic, rendering it useless and disrupting regular traffic. Compromised computer systems are often the source of attack traffic.

Types of DDoS Attacks

Different types of DDoS attacks target different elements of your Internet network, and they are classified according to the network connection layers they target. Here are common DDoS attacks. 

  • Volume-based attacks, sometimes called volumetric attacks, aim to control all available bandwidth between their target and the Internet. 
  • Protocol attacks aim to consume all available capacity of web servers or other resources, such as firewalls.
  • Application-layer attacks occur when a server runs database queries to generate a web page, forcing the target’s server to handle more than it normally does.


How Optimum Protects Against Cyber Attacks


DDoS Security 

  • Proactive detection Stop DDoS attacks before they even happen, the DDoS security system is actively detecting any potential threats to your network.
  • Prompt mitigation Proactive monitoring means we catch attacks as they happen, so our DDoS security will be quick to act, and help ensure your network stays up and running properly.
  • Ongoing insights We'll keep you informed with a monthly report that highlights the volume of attacks we've stopped across our network.


DNS Security


  • Built-in DNS security protection Domain Name System (DNS) security ensures site validity, safe browsing, and an essential layer of network protection.
  • Top Internet threat prevention Stop phishing and malware infections earlier, block botnets and other software that leverage your devices for malicious purposes, and prevent data exfiltration.
  • Automatically blocks malicious sites If you attempt to access a site that is determined to be malicious you will be presented with a “block page.”

Ready to revolutionize the way you protect your enterprise? Reach out to Optimum Business today. 

Built-in security provides security alerts to help identify potential online threats. It does not identify all malicious sites or prevent all malware and viruses and may be bypassed by Subscriber. Subscriber remains responsible for maintaining the security of any device connected to the Optimum network.