Over the past decade, technology has become an integral part of the classroom and learning experience. Instructors and students both rely on computers and Internet connectivity to teach, research, and learn. Many school computers are protected with access restrictions and anti-virus software, however the Internet connectivity of these devices has been left widely unmanaged. The results? Schools across the nation are facing interruptions to instruction at an alarming rate through Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.
DDoS attacks typically originate from networks of remotely controlled Internet-enabled devices, like computers or mobile phones. Attackers send commands from these devices to their targets applications or Internet resources with the intention of exhausting resources, which degrades or prevents these programs from performing.