Having established just how much data center professionals dread outages, the Ponemon Institute has discovered that a particular culprit has been causing them fits: distributed denial-of-service attacks.
Ponemon's latest study, the second of a two-part look at data center outages, finds that DDoS attacks, which typically target specific servers, have joined the growing list of events damaging companies' ability to keep their larger technology environments running.
DDoS attacks have become one of the most common triggers of data center outages, causing 18% of those experienced at the 67 U.S. data centers that participated in the study, which was conducted independently but sponsored by Emerson Network Power. When Ponemon first polled data centers on outages in 2010, DDoS attacks accounted for just 2% of outages.
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