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DDoS attack: Lack of protection ‘puts business-critical systems at risk’

DDoS attack: Lack of protection ‘puts business-critical systems at risk’
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Companies risk losing access to business-critical systems, due to the lack of an anti-Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection in place, a new survey has revealed.

Security concept: Cyber Crime on computer keyboard backgroundThe results of a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International found that this lack of protection could lead to financial loss and reputational damage.

According to Kaspersky Lab, online services with operations that are critical to almost all companies, such as databases, email, and websites can easily be disrupted by even the most unsophisticated attack.[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”right” bgcolor=”#” color=”#” bcolor=”#” arrow=”yes”]According to Kaspersky Lab, online services with operations that are critical to almost all companies, such as databases, email, and websites can easily be disrupted by even the most unsophisticated attack.[/quote]

A single DDoS attack may cost a company more than $400,000 due to disruption of business processes and the costs of recovery, fines, and restoring reputation. The results also showed that 25 percent of companies listed the stability of business-critical systems as one of their priorities.

Although the impact of a DDoS attack is significant, a number of companies either do not use anti-DDoS protection (24 percent), or apply it only partially (41 percent). The companies listed in the “group of risk”, i.e. those industries attacked most frequently, make up the majority of the companies with no anti-DDoS protection, these are the media (36 percent), healthcare, and education (both 31 percent). Moreover, only 15 percent of companies intend to implement anti-DDoS solutions in the near future.

However there are also companies that recognise the importance of protecting business-critical systems from DDoS Survey. According to the survey, more than half of companies believe that investing in protection against DDoS attacks is justified, and roughly the same number of respondents think anti-DDoS protection is an important cyber security requirement for their infrastructure.

“Many companies see DDoS attacks as harmless when compared to malware infections; however, this sort of approach could end up costing organizations dearly, said Evgeny Vigovsky, head of Kaspersky DDoS protection, Kaspersky Lab.

“DDoS attacks can be just as damaging to a business as any other cybercrime, especially if used as part of a larger targeted attack. Protection of the IT infrastructure requires a comprehensive approach and an integral part of the approach is ensuring continuous availability of all critical online systems, regardless of the company’s size or sphere of activity.”

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