Organizations are becoming increasingly concerned about system
availability as they experience more and more distributed
denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, a new study says.
The study, conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by
Radware, surveyed 705 IT security professionals on issues related
to downtime and DDoS.
While security pros have traditionally been focused on
preventing data theft or corruption, today's professionals are more
worried about system availability, the study says.
"DDoS attacks cost companies 3.5 million dollars every year,"
Ponemon says. "Sixty-five percent reported experiencing an average
of three DDoS attacks in the past 12 months, with an average
downtime of 54 minutes per attack.
"With the cost for each minute of downtime amounting to as much
as USD 100,000 per minute - including lost traffic, diminished
end-user productivity and lost revenues - it is no surprise that
respondents ranked availability as their top cyber security
priority," the study says.
Most organizations don't have the ability to strike back at
attackers, according to Ponemon. "While 60 percent say they want
technology that slows down or even halts an attacker's computer,
the majority (63 percent) of respondents give their organizations
an average or below average rating when it comes to their ability
to launch counter measures," the report states. Three-quarters of
organizations still rely on antivirus and anti-malware to protect
themselves from attacks, Ponemon says.