Many companies and businesses specialize in assisting customers before, during and after a cyber attack&mdashand they serve all levels of clients. Akamai Technologies, Level 3 Communications and Limelight Networks, for example, all serve large customers with highly trafficked sites, but their rates begin north of $10,000 per month just for a basic level of assistance. On the other hand, startups such as CloudFlare offer to take onto themselves the load of distributing your site across multiple datacenters. They then engage in detection and mitigation services without involving your team. CEO Matthew Prince says CloudFlare datacenters see "more traffic than Amazon, Wikipedia, Zynga, Twitter, Bing and AOL combined." If true, this certainly puts the company in the first tier of network experience and engagement.
With attacks increasing yearly and with no relief in sight, it's important to engage a firm that meets your needs and get its assistance before an event. DDoS attacks are an expensive problem, but now a day's defense against them is becoming simply a price of doing business on the Web. After all, consider the revenue loss if your site were to become unavailable to the Internet. Every minute your page can't be reached, dollars destined for your company's coffers spill away to other businesses. The protection should seem justified when you think about it that way.
3. During a DDOS Attack, Be Quick to Dump Log Files
As network capacity increases, attacks become cheaper to mount, so attackers can scale the severity of their activities quite easily. According to Alex Caro, CTO and vice president of services for Asia Pacific and Japan for Akamai, "the biggest attack that we've seen is around 150 Gbps, and we expect much larger attacks in the future."