When it comes to securing businesses against data loss, key considerations may include reducing human error and preventing hacking intrusions into servers and databases. But one growing problem for firms both large and small may be the risk posed by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
This type of cybercrime involves criminals flooding a server with data requests in order to render it inaccessible to genuine users. It’s typically thought of as a way for hackers to knock a website offline or disrupt a company’s operations, but new research has found the collateral damage of these incidents could be far more wide-ranging.
As well as leading to long periods of downtime and high recovery costs, a study by Kaspersky revealed that more than a quarter of DDoS attacks (26 per cent) now also result in the loss of sensitive data.
The problem is particularly prevalent for less-sizeable firms, as 31 per cent of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) reported data loss in the aftermath of DDoS attacks, compared with 22 per cent of larger enterprises.
Evgeny Vigovsky, head of Kaspersky DDoS Protection, commented: “Businesses have to re-evaluate their perception of a DDoS attack. The report clearly shows that the damage scope from such attacks goes far beyond the temporary downtime of a corporate website.”
However, a large number of companies are still overlooking the potential risks of these incidents, with a common sentiment being that a mitigation strategy will be too costly and difficult to implement.
SMBs in particular have limited resources to devote to the problem, and as DDoS is an umbrella term that covers several different attack technologies, methods to avert them can be hard to understand. As a result, only around half of SMBs think investing in prevention solutions is worth the effort.
However, with SMBs typically paying upwards of $50,000 (£32,600) in recovery bills, and almost one in ten attacks causing up to a week of downtime in addition to potential data loss issues, the consequences of not preparing can be severe.
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