Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce holds workshop to fight cyber attacks

Monongalia and Preston

On Thursday afternoon, the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce held a workshop that teaches businesses to fight back against cyber attacks.

The chamber partnered with DQE Communications to discuss distributed denial of service, or DDOS.  This is a cyber attack in which an attacker makes the online resources of a business unavailable by flooding or overloading a circuit, connection, table, or server.  This prevents legitimate users of a service from accessing it.

“Common threats are, uh, increased traffic of their, their network.  So if, um, the threat is happening, they may think they’re, uh, trying to, their network’s slowing down, but in a real sense, the network is being flooded with rogue traffic, and it’s actually shutting their, their, it is shutting their business down at that point,” said Joseph Bennett, Senior Account Executive for DQE Communications. 

DDOS attacks create risks to a business, including productivity loss, damage to reputation, concealed data theft, monetary loss, and regulatory scrutiny.

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