A quarter of all companies risk their business-critical systems due to a lack of anti-DDoS protection according to new research by Kaspersky Lab.
It's the kind of absence that can cause enterprises massive financial loss and reputational damage and, according to the research, more than half of companies feel that investing in protection against DDoS attacks is justified. About the same number of survey respondents from telecoms (82 percent) and finance (78 percent) think anti-DDoS protection is an important cyber-security requirement for infrastructure.
Just shy of a quarter (24 percent) of respondents don't use DDoS protection or only use it part of the time (41 percent). Only 34 percent of companies are fully protected against the threat. A majority of companies with no anti-DDoS protection are the ones attacked the most often such as media (36 percent), healthcare and education (both 31 percent).
A quarter of companies stated that the stability of business-critical systems is a priority for their organisation, however only 15 percent plan to implement anti-DDoS protection in the near future.
“It's important to take DDoS attacks seriously as they can be just as damaging to a business as any other cyber-crime, especially if used as part of a bigger targeted attack. Organisations must understand that protection of the IT infrastructure requires a comprehensive approach and continuous monitoring, regardless of the company's size or sphere of activity,” said Russ Madley, head of B2B at Kaspersky Lab.