DDoS Attacks Cause Costly Downtime for Data Centers

Data center outages are one of the top concerns for organizations because they cost valuable time and money, not to mention damage to brand reputation and loss of customer trust. In our “always on” world, downtime is no longer tolerated. Unfortunately, data center downtime is not uncommon. In a recent survey of 1,500 global companies, Veeam Software found that “The vast majority (95%) of organizations suffer unexpected outages and on average, an outage lasts 117 minutes (almost two hours).” Veeam also reports that “An hour of downtime from a High Priority application is estimated to cost $67,651.”  For further evidence of the increasingly costly impact of enterprise server downtime, see this Statistica report for 2019.

With organizations increasingly reliant on online applications and services as a critical part of their business, data center downtime can now have a severe impact on business continuity. So, it’s important to consider all possible causes of server and application outages, beyond what might traditionally be considered the reasons for needing disaster recovery.  This begs the question, what does cause outages and how can we prevent them?

Causes of Data Center Outages

Data center outages can be caused by a variety of factors.  Traditionally, this has included natural disasters, such as floods, tornadoes and earthquakes, as well as human error, UPS and HVAC system failure.  Increasingly, cybercrime is now a factor which accounts for a high percentage of outages. Of those cybercrime factors, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are increasingly the most common culprit. A DDoS attack which overwhelms the available bandwidth, or server resources, for an online application or service can be just as disruptive as a natural disaster, power outage or equipment failure. Volumetric DDoS attacks can easily saturate the links of even the largest data centers, especially since the advent of Terabit-sized attacks that began with the Mirai IoT botnet, back in 2016. Furthermore, it’s not uncommon for data centers to experience service degradation because of sub-saturating DDoS attacks, which often go undetected by in-house or legacy DDoS solutions. The most cost-effective approach to resilience against these potential cyber disasters, is to deploy an automated, always-on DDoS mitigation solution that is able to handle both volumetric and sub-saturating attacks, with surgical accuracy, in real time. And, you can forget disaster recovery, this approach delivers disaster avoidance for these potentially damaging cyber-attacks.

For over a decade, Corero has been providing state-of-the-art, highly-effective, real-time automatic DDoS protection solutions for enterprise, hosting and service provider customers around the world. Our SmartWall® DDoS mitigation solutions protect on-premise, cloud, virtual and hybrid environments. For more on Corero’s diverse deployment models, click here.  If you’d like to learn more, please contact us.

Sean Newman is VP Product Management, responsible for Corero’s product strategy. Sean brings over 25 years of experience in the security and networking industry, to guide Corero’s growing leadership in the real-time DDoS protection market. Prior to joining Corero, Sean’s previous roles include network security Global Product Manager for Cisco, who he joined as part of their acquisition of cyber-security vendor Sourcefire, where he was Security Evangelist and Field Product Manager for EMEA. Prior to that he was Senior Product Manager for endpoint and network security vendor Sophos, after having spent more than 12 years as an Engineer, Engineering Manager and then Senior Product Manager for network infrastructure manufacturer 3Com.