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Research from NETSCOUT has found that 91 percent of major UK enterprises who had experienced a DDoS attack in 2018 experienced network downtime as a direct result. That downtime lasted for 30 minutes or more for nearly half the companies questioned, and an unlucky (or ill-prepared) 9 percent found their systems impacted for more than four hours. The average attack resulted in 67 minutes of downtime and cost the business in excess of £140,000.

NETSCOUT’s findings also show that DDoS attacks have ramifications beyond service downtime. Respondents cited a series of measurable attack consequences, such as revenue loss (36.2 percent), increased operational expenses (38.6 percent), reputational impact (36.2 percent), surging insurance premiums (31.9 percent) and loss of customers (30.7 percent), highlighting the longer-term damage that successful attacks can bring.

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