DDoS attacks are steadily increasing year after year, not just in terms of numbers but size, sophistication, and viciousness. This has led to massive growth in the demand for solutions to prevent such attacks, especially managed DDoS protection.
Though many organizations are realizing the importance of such services, selecting the right service is often tough. Some often asked questions are: Why choose a managed service? How to evaluate DDoS protection services? How to ensure that the chosen service would deliver on the day of the attack? In this article, we will help you find answers to these questions and enable you to effectively evaluate the service before onboarding.
DDoS attacks are of different types, volumes, sophistication, and viciousness. Effectively mitigating them and protecting your web application/ website from the mammoth cost of such attacks requires specialized DDoS expertise that managed mitigation services provide. Simply using automated DDoS protection tools and relying on bandwidth reserves are not enough to prevent attacks. Certified security experts need to continuously monitor the application and customize and tune rules, workflows, etc. based on changing needs, contexts, and real-time alerts, while extending 24x7x365 support to mitigate zero-day attacks. By onboarding a managed DDoS attack protection service such as AppTrana, experts will ensure round-the-clock availability of your website to legitimate users while you can focus on your core business.
The evaluation of the DDoS Protection Service must begin with you defining your needs and context. Some questions to ask yourself are:
This understanding will guide you better in choosing the solution.
Technical evaluation will help you understand the DDoS architecture of the service provider and if that will suit your security requirements. In the technical evaluation, you must assess:
DDoS service providers have a multi-tenant environment and the attack on one tenant can affect the others’ services as well. If your organization cannot afford latencies or even short downtime, you must validate their stability, analyze their reputation, and ask for longer POCs (Proof of Concept).
Analyze and assess the pricing models to ensure that there are no hidden costs and to ensure that the solution fits into your budgetary limits.
A POC will enable you to understand how the solution works in reality and how well it translates from paper.
The last step is to make the decision after comparing the different solutions and how well they meet your needs.
The average cost (financial and reputation) of a DDoS attack to a small company is estimated at USD 120,000 and to a large enterprise at over USD 2 million! Considering the gravity of the disruptions caused and the mammoth costs involved, preventing and securing web applications from DDoS attacks is imperative and the choice of DDoS Protection Service is critical. We hope this guide has given you an insight into evaluating and choosing the right service provider.
At Indusface, Vivek owns the product roadmap and is responsible for gathering and prioritizing product and customer requirements, defining the product vision, working closely with engineering, sales, marketing and support to build and release the product and ensuring revenue and customer satisfaction goals are met. A technologist with 6+ years of product management experience and 10+ years of total professional work experience, Vivek has worked with domestic and international start-ups with proven ability to define, design and develop technology products, and effectively market product benefits and capabilities to customers.