Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are a prevalent threat, affecting tens of thousands of websites a month. With the increase in offenders’ activity we now see a proportional increase in demand from DDoS protection solutions, with many different vendors competing for their place in this rapidly developing market.
From a client perrospective, the difference between these services is not always apparent. As is the case of every new market, where various solutions sell for a wide range of prices, the buyers are still lacking the information they need to make a fact-driven decision.
However, there are those who are working to fill that gap. One of them is Top Ten Reviews, a popular consumer comparison website, which recently released their list of the Best DDoS protection services. This first-of-its-kind comparison looks beyond the hype by focusing on over 20 different benchmark factors, which are used to investigate all of the different aspects of leading DDoS protection services.
Top Ten Reviews: Benchmark Factors
Attack Mitigation Capabilities
This first section deals with the technological brawn of the various firms and their ability to handle Network (Layer 3-4) and Application (Layer 7), DDoS attacks. These measurements are based on such factors as; Network Capacity, Bot Filtering solutions and other technological capabilities.
Akamai, Incapsula, Radware and Verisign all pass this section with flying colors. However, the competition begins to shake out with regards to more advanced detection and mitigation.
For instance, in case of IP Whitelisting measurement, several of the top ten fall behind. A handful of the top ten also don’t include CDN services, which translated into a lack of a much needed “Always On” option. Others don’t even provide web application firewalls, to deal with hackers who often use DDoS attacks as “smoke screens” for data breaches.
Setup and Management
In these measurements, Top Ten Reviews scrutinizes consumer UI and UX with their security service, asking such questions as: Can businesses monitor the types of traffic coming to their website? Do the security providers use the DNS protocol? Do they offer Cloud-based services?
In these categories, the top ten fared well across the board, with Akamai trailing slightly behind for the lack of a Cloud-only option.
Help and Support
Here is where the cream really rises to the top. This section tells consumers if the DDoS security services will be available when they need them most. The best performing services have dedicated teams working around the clock to protect their clients and provide instant response in case of the attack.
Akamai, Cloudflare and BlackLotus all fall behind in this category, each for its own reason. However, in the end, it boils down to slow response times and lack of contact options.
Coming out on Top
It is a difficult job to compare companies in a field as diverse and complex as cyber security. These companies all employ non-uniform technology and bring different strategies to the table.
Moreover, the secretive nature of the cyber security industry also makes rating a tricky task because security companies are often tight-lipped when it comes to their defensive measures; they don’t want to give away information that could be used by hackers.
Still, Top Ten Reviews comparison overcomes these limitations by looking at multiple common factors, the sum of which sets the standard for comparison of anti-DDoS solutions.
The review awarded the first place to Incapsula’s DDoS protection services. They scored a perfect 10 out of 10, outranking every other top cyber security service on this list.
Interestingly enough, even with its high level of service, Incapsula is far from being the most costly solution on that list, as it uses a cloud-based infrastructure to offer an “economy of scale” pricing.
This just goes to show why, when purchasing a technological solution, one should always look beyond the marketing fluff and focus on actual technological capabilities.