Wednesday, May 18, 2011

DDoS Attacks: Your Customers At Risk

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are an increasing concern for organizations large and small, according to new survey results out released from the Interop computer networking show. Among the findings: organizations reported that they've been unable to keep up with attacks that have plagued them more frequently over the past year, according to the survey, commissioned by Symantec's VeriSign and conducted by Merrill Research. Researchers polled 225 IT decision makers. Security remains a top concern in organizations, as IT professionals struggle to keep up with the mounting threat. Here's a look at the results.

  • 78 percent of respondents reported that they are extremely or very concerned about DDoS attacks.
  • 67 percent say that they expect the frequency and strength of denial of service attacks to increase or stay the same over the next two years.
  • Close to two-thirds of respondents who experienced a DDoS attack in the past year said they sustained more than one attack.
  • 11 percent said they had experienced six or more DDoS attacks in the past year.
  • 60 percent of the respondents rely on their web sites for at least 25 percent of their annual revenue.
  • 53 percent of the respondents said they experienced downtime in the past year, with DDoS attacks accounting for one-third ? 33 percent of all downtime incidents.
  • More than two-thirds said their downtime impacted customers and half reported they lost revenue.
  • 87 percent of IT pros believe that DDoS protection is very important for maintaining availability of websites and services.
  • 71 percent of respondents who don’t have DDoS protection said they plan to implement a solution in the next year.
  • 40 percent plan to outsource their DDoS protection, 31 percent plan to implement an in-house solution, and 29 percent are still undecided on their approach for protection.

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