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DDoS Protection Creates New DDPaaS Opportunity for Service Providers

June 7, 2017 By Molly White in

More than 8 in 10 service providers see clear business opportunities by providing premium DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) protection services (DDPaaS) to their customers, according to a DDPaaS survey commissioned by Corero Network Security.

It’s the second consecutive year Corero has commissioned the study, which offers DDPaaS providers, as well as their customers, insights into the drivers, benefits and barriers of offering DDoS protection and security services for VoIP, UC, transit, public and private cloud services, E-LINE and E-LAN systems.

DDPaaS Opportunity

More than nine in 10 survey respondents (93%) consider DDoS protection a high priority in relation to other types of IT/network security services, according to Corero. That’s up 10 points compared with last year’s 83 percent, the company highlights.

In addition, nearly four in 10 (37%) rank it as more important. Approaching six in 10  (56%) said it was just as important.

“Given that DDoS attacks are growing in frequency and sophistication, it’s not at all surprising that providers are prioritizing and enhancing DDoS mitigation service offerings, and understand the revenue opportunity that such a service brings to the table.  It’s much more cost effective—and less complicated—for a business to secure DDoS protection from their trusted provider,” stated Corero Vice President of Marketing Stephanie Weagle.

Despite the prominence of the issue, convincing prospective customers of the value of their DDPaaS offerings was the top challenge for service providers according to 39 percent of survey respondents.

Being able to provide per-customer visibility and protection capabilities from a single management console (23%) and cost (21 percent) were other top challenges cited by survey respondents.

Furthermore, service providers consider the following as required elements of an ideal DDoS solution:

  • The ability maintain bandwidth/throughput in the face of a DDoS attack was ranked most important at 42 percent, similarly to last year.
  • Unsurprisingly, the ability to handle high-volume, indiscriminate attacks ranked second highest in importance to 29 percent of respondents.
  • The ability to mitigate attacks in seconds vs minutes or more, and ability to handle attacks that are aimed at disrupting specific applications, 25 percent each.
  • The ability to reduce overall CAPEX/OPEX was key for about a fifth of service providers, 22 percent.

In addition, survey respondents ranked the following three elements about equally:

  • The capability to integrate DDoS attack mitigation with third-party DDoS detection tools.
  • The ability to provide reporting and visibility into attack types and mitigation that was executed
  • A solution with low false blocking rates.