According to security researchers, the price of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is down to between three and five dollars per hour – or a week-long attach for just $400.
Here in Denmark, someone wanting to prove a point spent about $10 to knock a piece of critical infrastructure out, temporarily keeping 5 million Danes our of their home banking accounts.
A DDoS attack is a classic example of asymmetric warfare – it costs very little to perpetrate an attack and it might cost you a lot of expensive network administrator time to fend it off. Unless, of course, you prepare in advance. You need to configure your network components correctly, and you need to put a contingency plan in place so that you can handle a situation with minimal disruption to the business. Prepare now – this will get worse.