Cost of Denial of Service Attacks

March 28, 2017
Denial of service attacks (DoS) against data centers grew from 2% in 2010 to 22% in 2016. To learn more about the costs and how to prevent denial of service attacks on your data centers download this white paper.

Denial of Service attacks or DoS attacks occur when a criminal prevents legitimate users from accessing information or services.  By targeting a company’s computers and its network connection an attacker can cause costly disruptions to operations and damage to its reputation and trustworthiness. We believe a better understanding of the cost of cyber crime and the consequences of DoS attacks helps organizations to determine the appropriate amount of investment and resources needed to address these threats.

Ponemon Institute has analyzed the cost and causes of data center outages on behalf of Vertiv on three separate occasions, publishing these findings in 2010, 2013 and 2016. In each study, we have seen an increase in the number of outages caused by security failures.

Findings from those three studies indicate DoS as a root cause of unplanned downtime has grown from 2 percent in 2010 to 22 percent in 2016. Additionally, in the 2013 Study on Data Center Outages, 34 percent of respondents said their company had experienced one or more security-related outages in the past two years. To learn more about the cost of Denial of Service Attacks download this white paper.