As a business owner, you may not understand what’s the big deal of having DDoS protection. Even more so, you might not even know why you would need to pay SGD 699 per month for such service. To begin with, it might be easier to start off by understanding what is a DDoS attack?
DDoS stands for Distributed Denial of Services. According to Wikipedia, a denial-of-service (DoS) attack is an attempt to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users, such as to temporarily or indefinitely interrupt or suspend services of a host connected to the Internet. A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) is where the attack source is more than one, often thousands of, unique IP addresses. It is analogous to a group of people crowding the entry door or gate to a shop or business, and not letting legitimate parties enter into the shop or business, disrupting normal operations.
That may not sound easy to explain. I searched all over the internet and manage to find this video which may help you better understand DDoS attack.
Source: Youtube user Radware
In recent years, such attacks are getting more common. According to the Akamai 2015 quarterly report on cyber security, frequency of DDoS attacks has doubled. Seeing the rising needs of such protection, ViewQwest launched their DDoS Protection Service that defends the networks of banks, e-commerce vendors, telcos and just about any business with an online presence against the increasingly malicious and debilitating DDoS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) attacks.
Powered by enterprise security specialist NSFOCUS, the new service aims to make premium-grade Internet security more affordable for businesses and even governments which are increasingly beefing up their IT infrastructure to defend against this rising Internet menace.
Increasingly, businesses and government in the region are going beyond getting plain-vanilla Internet access to “clean-pipes” which are premium Internet lines with built-in tech that can automatically identify malicious DDoS traffic in the networks and filter them to “scrubbing centres” to take away the nefarious packets before sending the good packets back to the user.
ViewQwest offers cloud-based and provider-based DDoS mitigation to all businesses. ViewQwest’s DDoS Protection Service starts from $699 per month, the most affordable in Singapore.
Mr. Vignesa Moorthy, CEO of ViewQwest, said: “Singapore is the regional hub for e-commerce and online services. With this partnership, we aim to offer premium-class DDoS mitigation to protect these websites at prices that they can afford to help boost Singapore’s position as the leading online services hub in this region.”
DDoS attacks – where hackers paralyse websites by overwhelming them with web traffic, often using an army of infected computers from all over the world – have become more frequent and destructive over the last few years. Experts believe that the DDoS attack on the BBC website at the end of last year may have been the largest recorded attack in history, hitting the 600Gbps mark.
Mr. Allan Thompson, COO of NSFOCUS said: “DDoS attacks are moving away from being just nuisance attacks to becoming a decoy that precedes more malicious attacks, such as stealing confidential information.”
DDoS attacks show no sign of slowing down because the barrier to entry to launch a DDoS attack is very low. DDoS attacks are not expensive to launch, costing as little as US$25 per hour for 1000 compromised computers to attack a single victim.
About ViewQwest DDoS Protection Service
Up-to-date and equipped to fight volumetric and application-targeted DDoS attacks, ViewQwest’s DDoS Protection Service actively monitors for unusual activity and diverts suspicious traffic to its scrubbing centre to filter real users from bots. After identifying DDoS attacks in real-time, a trigger is sent to drop the malicious traffic so business operations can continue smoothly.
Comprehensive Layers 3 and 7 Protection
On and Off-premise Protection
Proactive threat mitigation
Extensive Service-Level Agreements
Real-time analytics portal for customers
Since 2001, ViewQwest has been an information and communications technology company that provides premium communications services. ViewQwest is dedicated to providing superior speeds on a high performance network and fanatical customer service. ViewQwest offers tailored solutions to businesses including dedicated and broadband Internet access globally, layer 2 Ethernet connectivity solutions, DDoS protection, data centre services and other various managed services.
ViewQwest today counts many Fortune 500 corporations and Top 500 Small and Medium Enterprises in South-east Asia as its clients.
About NSFOCUS International Business (IB)
NSFOCUS IB is a wholly owned subsidiary of NSFOCUS, an enterprise network security provider, and is expanding operations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Japan. The company is building on 15 years of proven success, innovation and trust, with offerings protecting four of the world’s five largest banks, as well as organizations in insurance, retail, healthcare, critical infrastructure, and government. Enterprise and carrier-grade products undergo rigorous evaluation and testing to Veracode VL4 certification, delivering powerful and effective threat management combined with advanced data analytics and intrusion prevention and detection capabilities. A research arm, the NSFOCUS Security Labs, is a renowned technical research center that tracks and analyzes global intelligence while identifying new network vulnerabilities and security trends. NSFOCUS IB has technology and channel partners in more than 60 countries, and is a member of the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP), StopBadware.org, and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).