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Legal boundaries of DDoS simulation tests

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TLDR: Are DDoS Simulation Tests Actually Legal?

Key points:

  • DDoS simulation tests are legal when conducted with the knowledge and approval of the targeted organization.
  • Various laws and regulations in different countries support the use of DDoS penetration testing to improve cybersecurity measures.

In a recent blog post by Ziv Gadot, CEO of Red Button, the legality of DDoS simulation tests is explored. While DDoS attacks by hackers are considered cybercrimes, simulation tests carried out with authorization are deemed legal. In the US, laws specify that actions must exceed authorized access to be in violation. Similarly, the UK’s Computer Misuse Act allows for testing defenses against DDoS attacks.

Government agencies, such as the Israeli National Cyber Directorate, recommend DDoS penetration testing for enhanced cybersecurity. The European Union is set to enforce mandatory testing as part of the Cyber Resilience Act. Red Button ensures legality and transparency in their testing services through various measures, such as obtaining approvals from ISPs and cloud providers, using legitimate resources, and providing detailed records to the organization.

Overall, DDoS simulation tests play a crucial role in improving cybersecurity defenses, as long as they are conducted within the legal framework and with proper authorization.

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