Gartner Research

DDoS: A Comparison of Defense Approaches

Published: 24 April 2019

ID: G00381150

Analyst(s): Thomas Lintemuth, Patrick Hevesi


DDoS attacks continue to rise in complexity, volume and frequency, threatening the network security of even the smallest enterprises. Security and risk management technical professionals must design a defense utilizing a broad range of options and integrate DDoS mitigation with incident response.

Table Of Contents



  • Introduction
    • DDoS Costs
    • Susceptibility
  • DDoS Defense
    • DDoS Defense Triad: Resilience, Detection, Mitigation
    • Emergency DDoS Response Playbook
    • DDoS Incident Response Planning
    • DDoS Defense Layers and the Shared Nature of DDoS Defense


  • Recommendations
    • The Basics
    • Scenario-Based Recommendations

The Details

  • Unique Attributes of DDoS Attacks
    • DDoS Attacks Today
    • Attack Motivations

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