On the 3rd of January 2018, GitHub, which is one of the world’s biggest software development platforms, was attacked by 1.35 terabits per seconds’ worth of traffic, at once; hence marking the world’s strongest distributed denial of service attack.
As soon as the attack started, GitHub instantly went offline, but as this happened, a digital system begun assessing the situation and what type of attack the platform was dealing with. In less than 10 minutes, the system used its DDoS mitigation service, Akamai Prolexic as an intermediary. The service then begun rerouting all traffic associated with GitHub, through scrubbing centres, which worked by identifying and blocking ill-intended packets of data. After a couple of more minutes, the offensive was stopped and GitHub was back online. Given the massive strength of the attack, the fact that it was stopped after only 10 minutes was a big surprise for both GitHub and their DDoS mitigation service.
In the modern day, online businesses that serve users throughout the world via the internet, have become dependent on their digital capabilities. To put things better into perspective, issues such as natural disasters, death, security attacks, system crashes, power failures, can cause unexpected downtime of services, which in return, will affect all of its users.
Because of this, it is essential for businesses operating online, to have a contingency plan that ensures business continuity, while the company deals with whatever issue they are facing. This is especially relevant in the web hosting niche, given the fact that unexpected downtime, can affect client websites, hence their business capabilities as well. Granted, in case things go south, companies operating in this niche have to answer to clients as well. Even a few hours of downtime across all services can hurt customers, and then lead them on to moving hosting to a competitor.
In this article, we will focus on some of the most relevant aspects that have to be kept in mind, to ensure business continuity in web hosting. We will cover what business continuity plans are, the need of disaster recovery plans, the importance of ISO 27001 and ISO 22301 certifications, operating mediums, and why it is required to host a mission critical service at a certified facility, to ensure continuity of web hosting operations.
During the last couple of years, there have been increasing concerns related to how secure web-based hosting for websites really is. The worries mostly pertain to the rising anti-privacy laws appearing in the United States, where some of the world’s top web hosting companies operate. Security has become extremely important for website owners, who want to protect their own data, such as applications, databases and internal operation protocols, but who are also keen on protecting private customer data and information.
With this aspect in mind, for many website owners, the United States is no longer a viable solution for their web hosting needs, as website and customer security can no longer be guaranteed. In return, webmasters throughout the world have to think outside the box, and consider webhosting providers in countries, with more lenient regulation.