Author: Kevin Whalen

The Consequences of DDoS Attacks are Rising

What is at risk in a DDoS attack on an enterprise website or network? Certainly, there is a financial risk, as revenue will likely be lost as a direct result of the attack. There is the cost of remediation, and affected customers may have to be compensated. There is a legal risk if confidential user data is compromised. Service providers may face financial and legal consequences if they have failed to live up to their SLAs. Then there are intangibles, such as damage to a company’s brand or reputation, that will show up down the road in the form of a lost business and falling stock prices.

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Managed DDoS Service: What Separates Good from Great

The case for a managed DDoS protection and mitigation service is well established. Partnering with a provider that can oversee the system’s operation takes a big IT issue off your plate, augments your staff resources, and gives you access to specialized DDoS expertise. But not all managed DDoS services are alike. How can you tell a great one from a merely good one? Here are the hallmarks to look for.

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The Economics of DDoS Attacks

These days, there are typically three parties to a distributed denial of service attack.

You probably know about two of them: the perpetrator and the target. Less well known is the vast and growing number of third-party providers of DDoS attacks as a service. Brazenly advertising their wares online, these providers will perform an attack on the customer’s behalf and provide detailed reports of their accomplishments. Their fees are shrinking due to rapidly expanding competition and the abundant supply of readily available attack resources, such as botnets. As a result, the DDoS attack business is very much a buyer’s market.

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2017 DDoS Attack Activity

DDoS Activity in 2017
(through September 30th)

  • 272 days
  • 6.1 million DDoS attacks
  • 22,426/day
  • 934/hour
  • 15 per minute

As we approach the one year anniversary of the Dyn attack, it may seem like all has been quiet in DDoS land by comparison. After all, we have not seen major, multi-continent internet outage impacting many of the most popular online services and applications this year. That’s the good news. The bad news is, it’s not for lack of trying.

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We’re All Going to Pay for Equifax

 

Much remains to be uncovered – or revealed publicly – about the breach of personal data at Equifax. One thing is certain: we will be hearing a lot more about Equifax in the coming months.

Unfortunately, the escalating threat environment and circumstances that led to the breach are not new. Just from what is apparent to date, it was the lack of appropriate coordination of technology, people and processes that resulted in the theft of 143 million personal records.

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