DDoSFor some credit union executives, Distributed Denial of Service is their worst nightmare. When the right attack is thrown at an institution, it can knock out everything that is on the Internet, on phones, websites, home banking and more.

The paradox is that few credit unions are well protected against DDoS, according to multiple sources. Kirk Drake, founder and CEO of Ongoing Operations, a disaster recovery services CUSO in Hagerstown, Md., told CU Times that in his estimation, perhaps five to 10% of credit unions have credible mitigation tools and plans in place.

Fewer than that have the capability to deflect full-scale, high powered attacks such as the politically motivated attacks in early 2013 that took down the $4.1 billion Patelco Credit Union in Pleasanton, Calif., and the $1.7 billion University Federal Credit Union in Austin, Texas.

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