A bot is an automated program that performs a variety of tasks. Bot management helps organizations distinguish the good bots from the bad to identify and block unwanted and malicious bot traffic.
Bot management is the practice of knowing how bots impact your business and understanding their intent so you can respond appropriately to all incoming bot activity. After all, some bot platforms are “good,” and some are “bad.”
Good bots are those we use to make our lives easier. For instance: search bots that help customers find what they’re looking for on the web and chatbots that improve customer experiences.
Bad bots are malicious programs used to steal users’ sensitive information, attack websites, perform DDoS attacks, and steal intellectual property. At AppViewX, we define bots as any automated program that can disrupt or cause harm to our customers. That’s why it’s essential to stay aware of the operators that may be running the campaigns in question.
Bot mitigation boils down to reducing the risk of a bot-related threat and eliminating any unwanted bot traffic from your network. Robots are the driving force behind automation, the starting point for many attacks today. Bots aren’t the only problem in the field of business intelligence. They’re just one of them. Other issues include poor data quality, lack of data privacy, high costs, etc. It’s essential to understand that there are no silver bullets when protecting against malicious bots and hackers.
A bot protection solution should address technical and business challenges that bots create:
Automated threats require proactive security defenses. Bot Blocker is a web gateway used by ADCs for blocking malicious traffic before reaching your network, mitigating malicious bots performing account takeover, vulnerability reconnaissance, and Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks targeted at your network or app layer.
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Over 50% of the world’s internet traffic comes from bots. It’s essential to manage bots.
Identifying and blocking unwanted bot traffic
Bot traffic is not just identified by identifying your bots’ traffic. Bot Mitigation is much more than that. After all, not all bots are bad. For example, some good bots are designed to find and find items online. Then there are “bad” bots. Some of them are so bad that they attempt to take over accounts, perform account takeovers and credential stuffing, and launch DDoS attacks.
Bot mitigation is about identifying and blocking the unwanted or malicious bot traffic that hits your application or network to reduce your risk. You should always be suspicious if an automated system or process is causing damage or taking actions that could affect the security of your website.
Many threats in any environment start with either a bot or a botnet. They help cybercriminals achieve scale. Technology will continue to evolve, and the threats to businesses from this evolving technology will also grow. When considering your overall security strategy, why is it so important to look at how you’ll mitigate malicious bots? Bad bots are the most complicated hit companies with the most potential for monetary gain.
The top three bot-targeted industries are:
As bots increase their capabilities, it’s more important than ever to prepare your organization to deal with them. The best defense is protecting your IP, customer data, and critical back-end services from automated attacks. The best way to manage bot attacks is to target the bot engine and adopt a layered security approach to work to change attack vectors. Whether the bot is a person, a software application, or an automated process, the more you know about it, the better you can protect yourself from it.
ADCs from the house of F5, Nginx, Citrix, etc., protect your application by blocking and dropping malicious bots that can perform account takeovers, vulnerability surveillance, and denial of service attacks against your network or app layer. ADC+ can manage these ADCs under one-control center, helping you mitigate the risk and improve efficiency.