This post originally appeared on the Cisco blog: Data Center Application Layer Attacks
There have been a number of articles written on data center outages and their business costs of lost productivity, infrastructure damage, loss of brand reputation and goodwill in the marketplace, and litigation costs. Data center outages can occur from a number of factors such as such as component quality issues, power supply disturbances, or human error. Even turning systems off for routine maintenance could lead to a potentially costly incident to the business. However a multiyear Ponemon study, “Cost of Data Center Outages” found that the fastest growing cause of data center outages was cybercrime.