Over half of UAE ICT decision makers have experienced DDoS attacks: survey

F5 Networks survey highlights escalating alarm over denial of service antics

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Over half of UAE ICT decision makers have experienced DDoS attacks: survey Braithwaite: DDoS attacks are a big problem in the UAE.
By  Stephen McBride Published  February 24, 2015

Some 55% of UAE-based ICT decision-makers have encountered a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, according to a report launched today by F5 Networks.

The survey, released ahead of tomorrow's IDC CIO Summit in Dubai, was carried out by Redshift Research on behalf of F5, among 102 decision-makers from UAE companies that employed at least 500 people. 

Of those polled, 73% believed that recovery from a DDoS attack took less than a week and most (78%) put recovery costs at tens of millions of dollars.

When asked to consider what the "most disastrous" impact of a DDoS attack would be, 47% said impact on customers, 19% said reputation damage and 14% believed it would be revenue losses.

"DDoS attacks are a big problem in the UAE and they are only going to intensify as cybercriminals compete with each other to find new ways of causing disruption," said Garth Braithwaite, sales director, Middle East, F5 Networks.

"DDoS attacks can affect businesses in many ways and attacks can cause damage running into many millions of dollars, permanently ruining a company's reputation with everything from downtime to putting customer data at risk."

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