Distributed denial-of-service attacks are one of the oldest cybersecurity threats. The cybersecurity industry has largely learned how to deal with these attacks. A majority of internet service providers and public cloud vendors are able to provide basic protection against most volume-based DDoS attacks.

Hackers have adapted to these new protections that are now in place. One of the newer tactics hackers are utilizing is a L7 DDoS attack. Organizations may be unaware of this new type of attack, let alone how to defend against it. Businesses that are heavily dependent upon online revenue should understand what an L7 DDoS attack is and what they can do to prevent it.

What Is A L7 DDoS Attack?

Simply put, an L7 DDoS takes advantage of a breach or vulnerability in a web application. The top layer (layer 7) of an Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model is targeted in this type of DDoS attack. Ther