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DDoS cyber crime attacks and how to deal with those

More than half of cyber crimes globally are DDoS attacks. Find out more about it and how your business should deal with those.
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DDoS cyber crime attacks and how to deal with those
<>With increasing Internet interconnectivity, a majority of today's businesses are now operating online. As such, protecting one's online presence becomes tantamount to protecting not just a source of income, but also the company's brand name, reputation, and its relationship to its clients.

According to IPC (IP Converge Data Services, Inc.), cyber attacks of all kinds have been steadily growing over the years on a global scale. Moreover, more than half of the world’s cyber crimes are distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. A DDoS attack refers to a method of bringing down a website by flooding it with a large volume of malicious traffic, causing the site to be overwhelmed and go offline.

“Falling victim to these attacks have financial implications, among others. What makes the threat even bigger is the fact that there is no way to prevent DDoS attacks. The only answer is protection,” said IPC Director for Product Management and Marketing Niño Valmonte.

But in the face of increasing volume and sophistication of DDoS attacks, how can a company protect itself?  Enter DDoS mitigation.

DDoS mitigation is a calibrated response against malicious attacks mounted by botnets, or infected computers being controlled by cybercriminals. Enterprises have been shoring up their defenses by either investing in equipment, or engaging the services of DDoS protection providers. But which one is best?

Protection via machine use

Some companies opt to set up their own dedicated DDoS mitigation appliances and integrate this with their existing systems. This allows the company to configure this setup to their specifications, as well as exercise full control over their data. However, recurring capital expenditure can pose a substantial impact on the company bottom line; an appliance is not just a ‘plug-and-play’ machine, it also involves having trained and skilled staff to operate it, having the sufficient bandwidth to work in, as well as upgrade requirements in hardware and software every few years.

DDoS mitigation appliances don’t provide that ‘magic bullet’ solution against the ever-evolving nature of DDoS attacks. Machines can work up to a point, but it still needs human intervention by programmers and other IT experts to ensure that it maximizes its effectiveness against attacks.  

Protection via DDoS mitigation center

On the other hand, a DDoS mitigation service center offers the addition of human know-how and technical experience on top of the use of appliances. Outsourcing this crucial defense of data also allows for a more cost-efficient way of managing the company’s resources; a DDoS mitigation center has all the necessary equipment, bandwidth and expert personnel to counter attacks, however big, sophisticated, and sustained it may be, all packaged at a more reasonable cost. Some providers even offer specialized service menus that can be scaled up or down in cost, as the need may be.

In the end, the decision will depend on your organization’s needs. Smaller organizations or enterprises that are working within financial limitations may be able to get by with a basic protection afforded by appliances. But for those who deal with sensitive data, or have more to lose if their site were to go offline, the multilayered protection of a DDoS mitigation center may be a better choice.  

“Clients should weigh the value of their data, their brand and their business relations against the level of protection they need to cover their organization’s needs for security. In the end, it is all about how much they value their enterprise and all that it stands for, in the face of cyber attacks that want to take all that away from them,” said Valmonte.

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