Guest Column | April 10, 2014

Thwarting Cyber-Induced External Business Disruptions

By Ashley Stephenson, CEO, Corero Network Security

Global dependence on the Internet as the backbone for conducting business is leading to a surge in malicious and sophisticated cyber attack activity aimed at interrupting or compromising these economically-critical online activities. These threats are frequently referred to as distributed denial-of-service, or DDoS, attacks.

Organizations must look at the unavoidable problem of business disruption resulting from the external cyber threats induced by connecting to unsecured or “raw” Internet feeds. Right now, most organizations get the good with the bad when it comes to data entering their enterprise from Internet service providers.

To compete, a modern era organization must respond to this escalating cyber threat environment in order to reliably conduct business via the Internet. There are two very practical initiatives that every business should consider to improve their defensive posture to Internet borne threats. First — invest in proactive technical defenses against DDoS attacks and cyber threats to prevent them from achieving their goal of disrupting or compromising the business. Second — ensure that reactive response plans are developed and put in place to minimize the disruption caused by an attack that penetrates your defenses — or is suspected of compromising your systems.

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