February 25, 2015

Every Fifth Company Expects Others to Protect It against DDoS, Kaspersky Lab Survey Shows

According to the study carried out by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, currently one in five business representatives surveyed believe that their online services should be protected against DDoS attacks by their IT service providers.

According to the study carried out by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, currently one in five business representatives surveyed believe that their online services should be protected against DDoS attacks by their IT service providers (in particular, network providers). In reality, though, this responsibility often falls on the shoulders of companies that come under attack – and this can cause them significant losses.

The survey shows that smaller companies take less responsibility for protecting their services against DDoS attacks. The fact is that 40% of small businesses are confident that they are fully protected by network service or web hosting providers. Among large companies, less than 9% share this viewpoint. Only 9% of small and 2% of large companies rely on the police and the government. On average, 28% of all businesses are of the opinion that protection against DDoS is not their concern.

At the same time 44% of respondents believe that their IT departments should protect them against DDoS attacks. 16% of those surveyed rely on their senior management, 8% on the security department, and 4% on the Risk Management Department. In total, only 72% of companies agreed that combating DDoS is their responsibility (50% of small businesses compared with almost 90% of large companies).

"By relying on IT services providers, many companies are putting themselves at risk”, said Evgeny Vigovsky, Head of Kaspersky DDoS Protection, Kaspersky Lab. “Vendors do not usually offer this protection as a default option. Moreover, many providers are simply unable to provide reliable protection against DDoS attacks using their own resources because DDoS attacks are constantly getting bigger and more complex. Reliable protection can be only provided by companies that specialize in protection against cyberthreats and can offer highly efficient technologies and a team of qualified experts capable of constantly upgrading these technologies to meet an ever-evolving threat."

Experience shows that almost any company, regardless of size, is a potential victim of a DDoS attack. According to the study, 28% of small businesses suffered DDoS activity. Among large companies affected this figure is slightly higher at 43%* over the 12-month period. The experts also warn that an attack could cost more than $52,000 even for a small company. That is why it is worth ensure your company’s security with the help of a professional solution such as Kaspersky DDoS Protection.

* Only companies with public online services were considered.

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