Insurance is that product we all buy but hope we never use. Of course, paying for something you don’t use can create a dilemma.
Let’s say your company offers an optional dental plan. By opting-out, you would assume risk that the insurance company would otherwise incur. If you’ve never personally had to pay a significant dental bill, it’s tempting to skip the monthly premium. When you suddenly develop a serious toothache, you’re glad you have insurance.
The decision to purchase a DDoS (distributed denial of service) mitigation service is similar. If you’ve never been attacked, it’s tempting to go without protection and risk it. DDoS attacks cause 22% of all network outages costing businesses $500 per minute. If you’re attacked without a mitigation service in place, your only recourse is to purchase emergency DDoS mitigation available from a few providers and wait. You pay a higher premium, and while they do their best to get you set-up quickly, you may be down for hours –or days.
What if you could buy the equivalent of a catastrophic coverage insurance plan? You know, low premiums that cover you for the nasty stuff. That’s the spirit in which Windstream Enterprise created DDoS Assurance.
New DDoS Assurance plan: Protection without the high monthly fee
The new Windstream Enterprise DDoS Assurance plan offers the same continuous monitoring and protection as our standard DDoS Mitigation service, at 1/10th the subscription fee.
That lower fee completely covers one mitigation per month. Subsequent attacks are still mitigated, with overage charges automatically applied to your service bill. You’ll know soon whether it makes better sense to go with DDoS Assurance or our standard DDoS Mitigation service – and regardless, you’re protected from network outages and business costs that would otherwise result.
Either way: DDoS protection is a must for any business Internet connection
The only line of defense against DDoS attacks is 24/7 monitoring and rapid mitigation to keep your Internet connection from being overwhelmed. Now you can choose the level of financial investment/risk that best suits your business, while still benefiting from our industry-leading protection services. For more information, please visit the Windstream Enterprise DDoS Mitigation page.
Trent Pham is Head of Security Products for Windstream and is responsible for the organization's enterprise security service strategy, development, and life cycle management. He joined Windstream in 2016 and has 20 years of security product management experience with communication service providers, security service provider, and startups. Trent also taught information technology at the University of Denver's Information and Communications Technology Graduate Program. Trent received an MBA from the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and holds a CISSP certification.
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