Prevent Your Data Center From Becoming The Center Of Unwanted Attention



By: Douglas V. Dimola

Emerson Network Power and the Ponemon Institute recently conducted a study on unplanned data center outages. The findings are troubling.

Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are the fastest growing cause of data center outages, rising from 2% of outages in 2010 to 22% in 2016.

The average cost of a data center outage is $740,357—a 38% increase from 2010.

Data centers are becoming a more attractive target for cybercriminals. Resultant outages are becoming more expensive for enterprises to repair. So how do you avoid being their next victim?

Unfortunately, you can’t stop hackers from trying to breach your network. However, a Dispersive™ Virtualized Network (DVN) can move their attack surface away from your data center.

DDoS attackers usually orchestrate attacks by bombarding their targets with queries that flood the IP addresses of their targets. Devices running DVN software thwart that method by refusing inbound connections. Instead, endpoints call out to each other through distributed cloud-hosted resources that dynamically change based on network conditions. This masks the service provider’s IP and the IPs for specific services. By masking those IP addresses, and moving the attack surface to zero-value servers in the cloud, the software makes it much harder for DDoS attackers to succeed.

Additionally, a DVN rolls data delivery paths dynamically. This constantly brings new paths to the cloud-hosted resources. So, if an attack is launched on a subset of available paths, your traffic immediately rolls away and shifts to other connections.

Given the above statistics, maybe it’s time you secured your data center. We welcome the chance to talk with you about it. Email us at or call us at (844) 403-5852.

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