Don’t let yourself be victimised says Arbor
The bad news, as illustrated by the recent attack on Worldpay, is that DDoS attacks continue to be a significant threat to all companies operating networks critical to their core business. The impact of such attacks has shifted from local (an attack on a single web server) to global attacks on the Internet infrastructure serving multiple networks). Added to this, attackers are broadening the impact of their strikes by targeting companies, such as WorldPay, whose outages disrupt not only their own revenue generation, but also that of other companies. Furthermore, the recent identification of blackmail gangs utilising DDoS to extort money has moved the need for network vigilance up the board agenda.
The good news is that organisations need no longer stand by and be victimised in this way. They CAN do something to protect their networks from DDoS attacks. By equipping themselves with a real-time, network-wide understanding of the normal behaviour of their network, operators can take a proactive stance against the DDoS threat. Until recently, the process for dealing with DDoS has been reactive and resource-intensive, leaving security teams scrambling to figure out the source of the attack and how to mitigate it. With a network-wide visibility it is now possible to quickly detect the beginnings of an attack, rapidly trace it to determine its source(s) and use the detailed information gathered to block the attack traffic without interrupting legitimate traffic. The advent of this technology enables operators to vastly reduce the costly gap between the onset of DDoS attacks and their resolution.
To properly defend themselves though, large enterprises, must enlist the help of their service providers. Enterprises are defenceless against attacks on the upstream infrastructure and the high bandwidth attacks that reach their perimeter quickly overwhelm edge defences such as firewalls and IDS.
Increasingly, enterprises are demanding that their service providers offer DDoS protection and they are prepared to pay for it.
For background, Arbor's network-wide anomaly detection solutions protect organizations from zero-day security threats like DDoS attacks and worms. Peakflow SP is deployed by 14 service providers throughout Europe, US and Asia and trial deployments are underway in over 50 networks worldwide.
To discuss this viewpoint with an Arbor executive, please contact Mo Murphy, at Folliard, on 0207 686 0625 or Murphy@folliard.co.uk
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