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February Volume 17 / No. 1

In denial about DDoS: Defense planning falls short

Advanced distributed denial-of-service attackers are using a mix of techniques to hit targeted victims in ways all too similar to advanced persistent threats. DDoS defense planning is still lax at many enterprises, but if you do not have mitigation processes in place, it will cost you. Response, brand reputation and opportunity costs quickly add up in major attacks. The primary cost for victims, tied to the length of the outage, is revenue interruption says John Pescatore, director of emerging trends at the SANS Institute. The former Gartner analyst looks at the current denial-of-service landscape and associated costs in his article, “DDoS defense planning falls short.” Adam Rice and James Ringold continue their series on APTs. In their article “Man versus machine data,” the authors outline strategies to implement verbose logging across the enterprise and discuss the promise of big data security analytics to help security professionals track the APT lifecycle. The hard issues around intellectual property protection and the steps enterprises and vendors are taking to address them are also covered this month in Feature Editor Kathleen Richards’ article, “Breaches reignite intellectual property protection.” We also welcome back longtime columnist Marcus Ranum, who starts off the year chatting about metrics with IBM’s Diana Kelley. Security 7 winner Frederick P. Chang, Ph.D., offers his take on what is needed to take cybersecurity education and science to the next level.

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