Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks can take down Internet access for your entire district by using up all available internet bandwidth or resources. A common scenario begins when a student enters “what’s my IP” into Google and then searches for a “free network stress test” service. They can then use that service to perform a 15 – 30 minute network stress test against the IP address. This floods the firewall(s) and router(s) with traffic specifically designed to make the school’s resources unavailable for the duration of the test. More advanced attacks may vary by the target IP address, time of day, intensity and duration.
See our DDOS Best Practices document for tips on Preparing, Preventing and Reacting