DDoS attacks have become a prevalent challenge for higher education institutions, impacting monetary resources and well-established reputations. Considering the sheer potency of these events, all organizations that utilize the internet should be aware of and prepared for DDoS attacks. However, many organizations are sorely unprepared when they are targeted by hackers. This lack of preparation can result in extended downtime, customer complaints, revenue loss, and extensive mitigation costs. With a thorough understanding of the catastrophic potential of these attacks, Merit Network discussed the state of DDoS and what Merit is doing to protect their own network.