Key Criteria for Evaluating Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection Solutionsv3.0

An Evaluation Guide for Technology Decision-Makers

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. DDoS Protection Primer
  3. Report Methodology
  4. Decision Criteria Analysis
  5. Evaluation Metrics
  6. Key Criteria: Impact Analysis
  7. Analyst’s Take
  8. About Chris Ray

1. Summary

According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are a growing threat to organizations. In fact, CISA reported that DDoS attacks increased by 50% in the first quarter of 2020 when compared to the same period in the previous year.

With the increasing reliance on online platforms for conducting business transactions, it has become more important than ever for organizations to implement robust DDoS protection measures. This need for protection is particularly true for industries such as finance, healthcare, and e-commerce, where any disruption in service could have serious consequences.

DDoS attacks primarily target public internet-facing websites and services. These attacks can result in significant financial losses and disruption of critical operations through downtime, lost revenue, and damage to an organization’s brand image and customer trust.

Effective DDoS protection is essential for organizations to safeguard their operations and reputation while ensuring that they continue to provide uninterrupted services to their customers. This protection typically involves deploying specialized hardware or software solutions that can detect and mitigate the impact of large-scale attacks from the internet. This approach helps protect businesses from financial losses and ensures that their websites and applications remain available to legitimate users even during an attack, maintaining customer trust and confidence in the organization’s ability to deliver critical services.

The GigaOm Key Criteria and Radar reports provide an overview of the DDoS protection market, identify capabilities (table stakes, key criteria, and emerging technologies) and non-functional (evaluation metrics) for selecting a DDoS protection solution, and detail vendors and products that excel. These reports give prospective buyers an overview of the top vendors in this sector and help decision-makers evaluate solutions and decide where to invest.

How to Read this Report

This GigaOm report is one of a series of documents that helps IT organizations assess competing solutions in the context of well-defined features and criteria. For a fuller understanding, consider reviewing the following reports:

Key Criteria report: A detailed market sector analysis that assesses the impact that key product features and criteria have on top-line solution characteristics—such as scalability, performance, and TCO—that drive purchase decisions.

GigaOm Radar report: A forward-looking analysis that plots the relative value and progression of vendor solutions along multiple axes based on strategy and execution. The Radar report includes a breakdown of each vendor’s offering in the sector.

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