Study finds that Cloud-Hosted Sites are Less Susceptible to DDoS Attacks

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Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have increased across the web despite server monitoring efforts. Over the last few years this type of cyber-attack has become particularly prevalent. Both the severity of the attacks and the sheer numbers of them has gone up.

A new report from Merrill Research reveals that there is growing concern amongst IT managers and decision makers over the boom in DDoS attacks.

It also revealed that the attacks occurred more frequently at sites that were self-managed as opposed to those managed by a third party. On the flip side, sites that had cloud hosting were far less likely to be hit by a distributed denial of service.

This is attributed to the cloud's ability to switch queries to a new server when an overwhelming amount of queries are posted. Two-thirds of the victims who were attacked last year said that it happened more than once, and 11 percent were victimized at least six times. A majority of the sites said that they experienced down time as a result of the attack(s) and 2/3 of them reported that the customer experience suffered.

Server Intellect, a cloud hosting company, CEO Eric Pratt wasn't surprised to hear that sites that are up in the cloud were safer. "The redundant nature of cloud hosting ensures that a site can be rapidly migrated to a new host when a threat arises," he noted. "That means that the data is kept safe, and that visitors can still view the site as they normally would."

Why exactly are these attacks on the rise? It is mostly because success breeds success. The attacks are generally targeted against specific web sites, and the aggressors are seeing their tactics work time and time again.

As more hackers receive news of it working, more of them jump on the bandwagon. Compounding the problem is the ease at which the attacks can be orchestrated. A $10/hour bot can be used to easily attack a web site. So the simplicity of the process and the copycat effect are driving the rise in attacks. And, as a result, perhaps drive more site owners to cloud hosting.

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