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Released: 16th July 2013
Over half of all UK telecommunications and ecommerce firms surveyed experienced downtime due to DDoS attack last year
United Kingdom, 16 July 2013 – Neustar, a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information and analysis, has today announced findings from DDoS Threats in the UK, a survey of IT professionals across the United Kingdom to understand the impact of DDoS attacks and how companies are managing the crisis. Among the key findings from the survey, a staggering 22% of UK companies were found to have experienced a disruptive attack in 2012. In key industries, the risk of attack varies with 53% of telecommunications firms and 50% of ecommerce businesses surveyed reporting attacks last year.
When DDoS attacks hit, organisations are thrown into crisis mode – from IT departments right through to call centres, boardrooms and beyond. Attacks can inflict a grave toll on revenues, but the damage often goes further than financial loss. Brand value erodes, along with public reputation and customer trust. To establish genuine insight into the impact of these attacks, Neustar surveyed 381 UK-based IT professionals in security, compliance or management roles in April 2013, with respondents sharing details about attacks, defences and financial losses.
Survey findings include:
As DDoS attacks continue to become both more frequent and complex, UK businesses need to adopt the right mix of people, processes and technologies to counteract these attacks and minimise downtime. The Neustar survey found that as many as 20% of responding UK companies have no DDoS protection in place, with a high reliance on switches, routers and firewalls which are simply not designed to withstand an attack.
Alex Berry, Neustar Senior Vice President, Enterprise Services, explained, “DDoS attacks will continue to be part of the modern threat landscape because they are easy and relatively low-cost to perpetrate. They continue to be a threat to both large and small firms in all industries. Some of the recent large attacks have opened doors for even more malicious attackers to adopt similar tactics and Neustar fully expects to see the impacts of these attacks grow in line with their increasing complexity. As in North America, our survey has found that UK companies are hoping traditional defences will suffice, but given the frequency of attacks and the impact when sites go dark, such hopes are often badly misplaced.”
Download a copy of the full survey here: www.neustar.biz/enterprise/docs/whitepapers/ddos-protection/ddos-attacks-threats-and-impacts-uk-2012.pdf
Download an infographic for a quick look at the survey results here: www.neustar.biz/enterprise/docs/whitepapers/ddos-protection/2012-ddos-survey-uk-infographic.pdf
Published by: IT Analysis Communications Ltd.
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