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4 of 5 Evaluating The Cost Of A DDoS Attack INTERNET PERFORMANCE. DELIVERED. WHITEPAPER Security Infrastructure Many of today's DDoS prevention tactics have found their way into IT infrastructure. The 2012 Neustar survey found a 10 percent increase over 2011 in the use of firewalls, switches, and routers. While these tools ward off DDoS attacks to protect you, they can actually increase network congestion by bottlenecking traffic. Intrusion detection systems cause the same problem, but they are helpful in defending against compound attacks in which DDoS is used to draw attention away from a data breach. 7 9 percent of survey respondents use on-premise hardware to mitigate attacks, 8 but this approach has limited value when dealing with attacks like DDoS amplification. This can easily consume all of a company's network resources. So how much will an onsite security solution run you? The expected and unpopular answer is that it depends. The cost will vary greatly on the hardware, software, and services in use. An entry-level offering can cost a few thousand dollars, and the price goes up—as high as six figures depending on complexities and features. Deciding On The Right Level Of Protection You have a lot of factors to consider when deciding how much risk you are willing to open your business to. V Attack Frequency: Companies in one survey were attacked three times on average in one year. 9 V Attack Length: Attacks can last hours or even days, depending on how long it takes you to mitigate the traffic and what the attacker has for resources. 10 V Attack Probability: Industry matters. In 2012, retail attacks increased by 144 percent, with 39 percent of all surveyed retailers having been attacked, along with 41 percent of ecommerce businesses. And 44 percent of financial services organizations were attacked in 2012. But no one is immune. In 2012, 35 percent of companies experienced a disruptive attack. 11 LEARN MORE ABOUT DDOS BASICS BY READING OUR WHITEPAPER EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT A DDOS ATTACK DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE AT: hp://bit.ly/K9bCfY

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