• 12/12/2013
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DDoS Attacks Wreak Havoc On Data Centers

Distributed-denial-of-service attacks are a growing cause of costly data center outages, according to a new study.

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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(Cloud) Economies of Scale

I'm not surprised to see this number increasing so dramatically.  After all, when you think of biggest bang for the buck when it comes to IT attacks, going after data centres and other cloud environments can cause a lot of damage from fewer resources than going after specific targets distributed across multiple domains.  When you think of public cloud environments in particular, it's much easier to DDoS a single hypervisor and take down multiple tenants/customers than to bother going after specific targets.

DDoS Trends 2014

This is not surprising. DDoS attacks will continue, they will grow in size and they will also happen more and more often. The only solution to these issues is that either the major datacenters work together with their carriers to automatically block DNS amplification attacks at least and/or that they all get hardware to properly mitigate these DDoS attacks (OVH is a good example that this actually works). It would also help the datacenters if the customers who are under risk of getting attacked, would get external DDoS protection *before* something happens. Studies show that the size of DDoS attack will keep increasing in 2014.