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Kaspersky Lab launches DDoS protection service in ME

DDoS Protection service to help mitigate growing threat from DDoS attacks

DDoS attacks are a threat to any size of organisations, says Mikhaylov.
DDoS attacks are a threat to any size of organisations, says Mikhaylov.

Kaspersky Lab has announced the launch of its Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection service in the Middle East.

The security vendor said it was launching the solutions here in reaction to the growing concern among organisations in the region about DDoS attacks. A quarter of companies in the Gulf region (25%) consider DDoS attacks one of their top three business threats, according to a survey conducted by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab.

As one of the most commonly used money-making techniques by cyber criminals, the number and strength of attacks continues to rise from year to year. According to IDC, a DDoS attack can cost companies anywhere between $10,000 and $50,000 a day, not including reputational damage.

The low cost of attacks (an unscrupulous person can order a service called ‘DDoS attack' for as little as $50 per day), the impossibility of tracking the perpetrators, and the large number of bot-infected computers and mobile devices across the globe, also make DDoS attacks one of today's most widespread and dangerous cyber-threats.

"DDoS attacks have no boundaries, with victims ranging from large international companies to small local online stores. Moreover, DDoS is often part of a targeted attack against an organisation, when online services are overloaded to provide a diversion while attackers access critical data. To protect customers from this threat and minimize their losses due to service idle time, we have started providing Kaspersky DDoS Protection," comments Ovanes Mikhaylov, managing director in the Middle East, Kaspersky Lab.

Kaspersky said that its Distributed DDoS Protection service relies on a distributed infrastructure of traffic cleaning centres. Kaspersky Lab DDoS intelligence helps to ensure that, as well as repelling DDoS attacks, potential threats can be identified at a very early stage. This also makes it possible to adjust system settings as necessary - in real-time - providing customers with reliable protection from financial and reputational risks.

The company also notes that its solution has the flexibility to be altered rapidly in response to changes in the techniques used by attackers, even during an ongoing attack. In addition, Kaspersky DDoS Protection can filter most of the traffic involved in attacks on the provider's side, if the ISP concerned has a technology partnership agreement with Kaspersky Lab. That means only a small amount of highly sophisticated junk traffic needs to be diverted to Kaspersky Lab's cleaning centres.

The service is tailored to each customer, specific to their own circumstances and risk situation, the company said.