The DDoS protection industry began around 2004 and has grown as quickly as the number and types of attacks have increased. DDoS attacks started as volumetric but soon moved into other vectors like application, encryption, SSL-based and more. It’s difficult to say if the good guys have managed to stay ahead of the bad guys.
The healthcare sector consists of a wide number of segments: payers, such as insurance companies; providers such as hospitals and doctors; and manufacturers, both pharmaceutical as well as medical device and equipment. Because the industry deals with quality of life issues across the spectrum, access to real-time data, especially sensitive data such as patient records, requires both the security and availability of in-house, Web, mobile, or cloud applications.
DDoS protection pricing is all over the map, and can get fairly complex. However, there are a few key questions to ask in order to make sure you’re not paying too much.
As DDoS attacks grow more frequent, more powerful, and more sophisticated, many organizations turn to DDoS mitigation services to protect themselves against attack. DDoS protection vendors range in all shapes and sizes, from dedicated DDoS mitigation providers to CDN vendors who add website DDoS protection, to ISPs who resell DDoS protection as an add-on. As a result, the quality and cost of such service can vary wildly, and many customers end up purchasing protection packages that are either inadequate, or too big for their needs, resulting in unnecessary costs.
Cyber-attacks are like parasites: they are not always visible, not always felt, but with plenty of potential to affect your operational efficiencies, service level agreements, and computing resources. All of those impacts bring potentially high costs. The first step to understanding and managing the cost of cyber-attacks is to do everything you can to understand the potential impact and build an effective incident response team so you can rein in these “parasites” and limit damage to your business.
More than half of all internet traffic is bot-driven. That means, if you have a website, you have experienced bots in one way or another. Bots are automated software that interacts with your website for a number of different reasons, both in a legitimate and illegitimate way.
HTTP traffic is dominating the internet. In fact, when people are asked about the internet, they are sometimes sure the internet is their browser that connects them to everything online. Data centers also experience a high volume of HTTP traffic and many enterprises are seeing more and more of their revenues coming from online sales. However, as the popularity grows, the risks grow with it, and just like any protocol, HTTP is vulnerable to attacks. Attackers use Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack techniques in order to create denial-of-service on web servers. Such attacks are used to make a point, make some profit or simply for fun. In this blog post I will describe the common DDoS attacks that are launched against HTTP servers.
Apps control our lives today. We pay our bills, do our shopping, communicate with our doctors, buy our groceries, order a taxi, and even order our lunch through ‘apps.’ If you can think of it, there is an app for it. And these apps live on our phones, our desktops, in web portals and even in our internal networks. However, all these apps create new and different types of security challenges for an organization’s network. The speed and complexity inherent in these technological advances expose application vulnerabilities, security risks and skills deficiencies that can compromise sensitive data, devalue the brand, and affect financial performance.
Using rate limiting for website protection has significant drawbacks when it comes to your business. Here are four ways rate limiting is costing you money, and what you can do about it.
There’s no point in being coy about it: if you use rate limiting to protect your website, then you’re probably losing business because of it.
Many DDoS mitigation service providers claim to have cloud ‘signaling’ capabilities between on-prem detection and cloud scrubbing centers. In practice, many of these marketing claims only pay a lip-service to true hybrid signaling. These three questions will help you assess whether your cloud signaling is just blowing smoke.
The following is a Q&A with Ron Winward. Ron is a Security Evangelist for Radware, where he helps execute the company’s thought leadership on today’s security threat landscape. Ron brings nearly 20 years of experience in the internet service provider space, most recently as Director of Network Engineering for a global infrastructure and colocation provider. With an expertise in network architectures and DDoS mitigation, Ron has helped design solutions for carriers, enterprises, and cyber security service providers around the world.
Behind every new hack or data breach, there’s a company scrambling to put out the fire. That’s good news for cyber security professionals with the right skills. However, between shortages in qualified security professionals, evolving attack vectors, and new DDoS mitigation capabilities and deployment models, organizations looking to safeguard themselves can be left in a difficult position when it comes to finding the best talent, whether it be in-house or outsourced.