How to Evaluate DDoS Mitigation Providers: Four Critical Criteria

Published April 15, 2015

How to Evaluate DDoS Mitigation Providers: Four Critical Criteria

The global increase in DDoS attacks has sparked an increased demand for mitigation services. In response, a number of new DDoS mitigation service providers have entered the marketplace. For enterprises seeking protection, assessing and differentiating between DDoS mitigation providers can be difficult, especially because many of these services reside in the cloud. This Akamai white paper gives businesses the metrics to make the right choice.

What You Need to Know

  • Choosing a cybersecurity services provider with DDoS mitigation expertise is one of the most important business decisions you can make.
  • DDoS attacks can lead to millions in lost sales, as well as the loss of customer trust and investor confidence.
  • The latest cybersecurity technology and the best IT people won’t protect against botnets and crowdsourcing capable of launching attack campaigns that can last indefinitely and change signatures daily.
  • Available bandwidth is a key differentiator among DDoS mitigation providers.
  • Services with larger capabilities cost may more, but compared to the cost of purchasing hundreds of gigabits of bandwidth and millions of dollars of mitigation devices, the cost of quality services is reasonable

What you’ll learn

  • Four critical criteria on which to evaluate DDoS mitigation providers
  • Key questions related to each criterion to help you assess a provider’s threat intelligence, experience, mitigation capabilities and capacity
  • Red flags that indicate a provider lacks capacity to block high-bandwidth attacks
  • Tips for evaluting the true value of a DDoS mitigation service
  • Guidance based on Akamai’s practical experience in proven mitigation approaches and our keen insight into the minds and strategies of DDoS attackers

Spotlight: Mitigation Capabilities

Smaller companies may think they need less protection than the big guys. Not true! DDoS attackers use the same highly sophisticated toolkits against the world’s largest bank and the neighborhood credit union. Regardless of the size of your enterprise, you need a comprehensive defense system.

Akamai’s How to Evaluate DDoS Mitigation Providers: Four Critical Criteria tells you the questions to ask to get the mitigation capabilities you need for total protection, on topics including:

  • Traffic redirection
  • Third-party hosting
  • Service Level Agreements
  • Mitigation management
  • Redundancies and backups

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