Progressive thinking needed to combat DDoS attacks

Progressive thinking needed to combat DDoS attacks

Apr 17, 2015


Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) threats are becoming increasingly prominent. In Q4 2014, research from Akamai explained that there was a 90 percent increase in the number of such attacks over the same time in the previous year.

More on how DDoS attacks affect systems is explained in this video from Radware:

The entirety of an enterprise IT system can be at stake in a DDoS attack, so it's important for companies to have some understanding of how they can protect themselves. However, Akamai found that too many businesses focus on virus protection, URL filters, and firewalls.

Businesses can lose as much as £600,000 per every hour that systems are disabled.

The latter of those - even when developed to be incredibly complex - is quickly overloaded in the case of the most sophisticated attacks. That point was also echoed by Marketing Director for Social Media and Midsize Business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Oracle Mattias Drefs in a March 26 blog post.

Mr Drefs also pointed out that most companies fear high-level data theft, industrial espionage and hacks, but aren't necessarily making the right moves to protect themselves.

Going back to the report from Akamai, it suggests that the solution lies in using a security strategy that is ultimately multi-layered and looks to supplement and relieve some of the pressure on enterprise firewalls.

Further research from Neustar pointed out that companies utilizing cloud solutions - particularly within the hybrid model - should look to leverage the mix of on- and off-site hardware in tackling DDoS attacks.

-One DDoS attack noted by Akamai was flooding a business's system with 131 gigabytes of data every second.

For example, implementing real-time replication could appease company systems in the event of an intrusion. However, the research from Neustar also pointed out that DDoS attacks have an ancillary negative affect on enterprise departments as they strain corporate resources.

Ultimately, as more people look to solve the DDoS issues, other potential avenues for attackers to exploit are not watched over as thoroughly as they should be.

Security solution provider Kaspersky laid out some of the more telling DDoS attack statistics on Twitter: 

The stress that DDoS attacks place on company systems can have an incredibly detrimental affect. Ultimately, not only can reputations be tarnished, but there is the potential for capital to be lost too.

According to Neustar, the length of the average attack is growing, and businesses can lose as much as £600,000 per every hour that systems are disabled. This further highlights the need for a proactive approach, as enterprises will likely find that the best prevention is preferable to the cure.

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