‘One in ten of those surveyed admitted that an IT security breach would probably cost them their business. This must be addressed, and quickly!’
Kirill Slavin, Kaspersky UK Managing Director
One of the most common and costly forms of cybercrime reported is the infamous DDOS attack. A factor in the popularity of DDOS attacks amongst criminals is due to the ease in which they are orchestrated. A DDOS attack consists of a server or firewall becoming overwhelmed by a flood of requests; and is considered successful once the server or firewall can no longer handle the sheer amount of traffic attempting to access it at once, resulting in a failure to function. This consequently slows response time or potentially shuts the device down completely.
This can cause a lot of downtime for a business’s websites and IT infrastructures, leading to an inevitable loss of revenue, brand reputation, customer satisfaction and clientele, the severity of which is dependent on how long the server or IT infrastructure is out of action for.
Historically cybercrime used to be an issue mainly for larger corporations with recognizable brand names, but the cybercriminal mind-set has shifted from targeting a specific victim to simply opportunism. No matter the size of your organization, if it’s unprotected and vulnerable, possibly due to old hardware or out of date or un-patched S/W, it could well be the victim of one of these attacks. As a real world example, if a car thief was roaming a car park it’s unlikely they’d attempt to steal the most expensive vehicle in the vicinity which probably has the highest levels of security, but look for an unlocked door or open window to prey upon, and this same attitude applies to cyber criminals.
The problem with most traditional DDOS preventative solutions is the inability to differentiate between a genuine request (good data) from a client accessing the infrastructure and an illegitimate one (bad data) sent by a hacker. It’s typical for the defending solution or IT support staff to recognize the infrastructure is experiencing an unusually high amount of traffic, redirects it to a ‘scrubbing’ zone to separate the good from the bad, and eventually start allowing the good traffic through. This process is time consuming; although the server hasn’t been rendered useless by the attack there is still unpreventable downtime.
As part of our end to end solution, Qube have partnered with Corero to provide an answer to this quandary. The ‘first line of defence’ box is a sophisticated non-intrusive anti-DDOS appliance, with the ability to put a stop to any related attacks on your infrastructure.
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Qube Managed Services, working with Corero, can install this device into your infrastructure, it will provide a report on all unwanted traffic that is at this moment potentially slowing your service down and searching your environment for vulnerable elements, moreover this service is free of charge and no obligation!
Qube is a managed services provider operating Datacentres on a global basis. We offer a broad range of IT services from simple co-location to fully managed virtual data centres always with a primary focus on IT security and compliance. We are independent and therefore able to provide the best solution for our customers yet partner with high performance vendors such as Hitachi, VMWare, IBM (Softlayer), Colt, Corero, and Level 3. Our highly experienced team offers Enterprise grade levels of IT management allowing you to focus on your core business safe in the knowledge that your IT environment is secure and compliant.