Denial of service attacks

Tuesday, 17 June 2003, 9:20 AM EST

Last year nearly 40% of all business on the web experienced a DoS attack. While the migration from private to public networks might have made global reach of business possible, it has also exposed the networks to a large variety of security threats.

The popular belief is that if you have an intrusion detection system (IDS) or a firewall, then the security issue has been addressed. Sadly, that is not true.

Security breaches occur at a phenomenal rate. The risk is larger for an enterprise on a public IP-based network. The security system, once implemented, needs to be under continuous scrutiny to remain effective.

As the Internet expands and as more people access the web, the speed of data transfer goes up. The security measures have to be agile; to be able to adapt themselves to the changing security threat.

Using a public IP network reduces your infrastructure related costs. The company can reach a larger audience and provide them services faster and more efficiently. Unfortunately, this leaves a wide scope for hackers to attack.

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