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DDoS: Understand the Risks and Your Options for Protection
Have you ever tried to visit a site or use an application, only to discover it wouldn't load at all? There are many possible causes for such outages, with distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks an increasingly common culprit. DDoS is a growing concern for both enterprises and service providers. Corero found 56 percent of the security experts it polled at the 2017 RSA Conference thought DDoS was a greater problem in 2017 than in 2016. Forty percent reported experiencing such attacks monthly, while 45 percent cited loss of customer trust and confidence as the worst effects of DDoS on their operations.
Why you have to think about DDoS protection today
In a successful DDoS campaign, the target's servers are overwhelmed with traffic such as attempted connections from rogue sources. As a result, it becomes unavailable to legitimate requests. DDoS has long been a noteworthy risk for the operators and users of any connected service – from a simple website to a hosted VoIP platform – but its potential for disruption has increased considerably in recent times because of:
Now for some good news: DDoS mitigation is readily available for internet-facing services, plus it is highly effective at preventing and reducing damage from downtime. The downside is that such protection is typically expensive.
Faced with a rapidly evolving threat environment and shortages of in-house security personnel, organizations may feel like they have no option but to pay up. That's unfortunate given the costs and potential impacts on static company budgets, which according to Spiceworks' 2018 State of IT survey are projected to stay mostly the same from 2017 to 2018. The same report projected staffing levels to remain unchanged as well.
Telesystem approaches DDoS defense differently than our competitors. Let's look at how integration of anti-DDoS measures into our hosted VoIP platform saves you money upfront and over the long haul, thanks to more secure and reliable communications.
How the DDoS Protected Network from Telesystem works
Instead of offering DDoS protection as a pricey add-on, we include it free of charge at the core of our network. Here's what our broad spectrum of managed services, including security, provides to our customers:
Plus, there's the advantages conferred by Telesystem's two data centers with seven Tier 1 interconnects between them. The regular alerts sent to these sites permit early detection of any DDoS attacks underway, allowing for earlier and more effective responses benefiting end users reliant on our solutions. Every second counts with DDoS: According to Information Technology Intelligence Consulting Research, 98 percent of organizations affirm that even one hour of downtime would cost them at least $100,000.
With Telesystem, you get multifaceted security against DDoS. Known malicious IP addresses are blocked, protocols are validated, botnets are walled-off and packets are deeply inspected. This peace of mind is invaluable in an era characterized by bigger and more sophisticated cyberattacks, including DDoS.
Learn more about your options today
Cybersecurity is a fundamental requirement for any organization, and one increasingly expected by customers conscious of how their data is being handled. At Telesystem, we route all services through our secure network core for maximum protection from DDoS and other threats. Contact us directly to learn how we can assist you with everything from hosted VoIP to dedicated internet bandwidth.