Neustar Survey: Businesses Focus Security Investments on DDoS Protection

neustarA new survey from Neustar says more than half of respondent companies have invested more in security tools to counter distributed denial-of-service attacks as compared to the previous year.

The report highlights trends such as the attackers' growing focus on what Neustar describes as “targeted, smaller“ attacks intended to disrupt a company's network while installing malware that is designed to steal data, Neustar said Wednesday.

“It's a kind of “˜low and slow' DDoS attack“”steady and problematic, though not tsunami-like,“ said Mark Tonnesen, chief information officer and chief security officer for Neustar.

“In launching such an attack, the attacker accomplishes several things: he disrupts operations, distracts the website and security teams, and makes sure the target network is still operational“”that is to say, accessible,“ added Tonnesen.

One in 10 surveyed firms said they risk losing at least $1 million in the event of a compromised website.

DDoS attacks affect customer support (41 percent), brand (35 percent) and marketing spend (25 percent), according to the report.

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