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WOBURN, MA – March 18, 2015 – /BackupReview.info/ — DDoS attacks are now one of the most common and affordable cyberweapons used by unscrupulous competitors, sinister extortionists or just everyday cyber-vandals. More and more companies, regardless of their size or business, are encountering this threat and, according to the results of a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, 26% of companies that encountered a DDoS attack regard lost business opportunities – the loss of contracts or on-going operations that generate guaranteed income – as the most damaging consequence of a DDoS attack.
While respondents identified lost business opportunities as the worst consequence associated with a DDoS attack, the survey found that reputational risks (23%) came in a close second place. This makes complete sense, since a negative customer or partner experience can drive away future contracts or sales. Losing current customers who could not access the anticipated service due to a DDoS attack was in third place (19%). Technical issues rounded out the list with 17% of respondents identifying a need to deploy back-up systems that would keep operations online as the most undesirable consequence and 14% stating that they were most concerned about the costs of fighting the attack and restoring services.
Respondents from companies in different fields take different views of the consequences of a DDoS attack. For example, organizations in the utilities, energy, industrial, telecom and e-commerce fields tend to rate reputational risks ahead of lost business opportunities. While on the other hand, the construction and engineering sector is more concerned about the cost of setting up back-up systems, perhaps because larger companies face higher expenditures on these kinds of systems.
“People who have not yet faced a particular threat often tend to underestimate it while those who have already experienced it understand which consequences might be the most damaging for them. However, it makes little sense to wait until the worst happens before acting – this can cost companies a lot, and not only in financial terms. That is why it is important to evaluate all possible risks in advance and take appropriate measures to protect against DDoS attacks,” said Evgeny Vigovsky, Head of Kaspersky DDoS Protection, Kaspersky Lab.
DDoS attacks on company resources are becoming a costly problem, but only 37% of the organizations surveyed said they currently have measures in place to protect against an attack. This is an unnecessary oversight at a time when the IT security market can offer reliable and easy-to-deploy security solutions that are able to prevent the loss of access to online services caused by a DDoS attack.
For example, Kaspersky DDoS Protection does not require the installation of heavy server solutions on the customer’s infrastructure. Traffic filtration during an attack is handled in special cleaning centers according to the tailor-made rules defined for each customer and each attack. The solution is backed up by Kaspersky Lab experts, whose many years’ of experience protecting against online threats allows them to detect attacks fast and block them, regardless of the intensity and complexity of the assault.
For more information about the Kaspersky Lab and B2B International DDoS survey, please visit: http://bit.ly/13cl8sc
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*The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2013. The rating was published in the IDC report Worldwide Endpoint Security 2014–2018 Forecast and 2013 Vendor Shares (IDC #250210, August 2014). The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2013.
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