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FOLLOWING THE FIRST ATTACK ,
COLUMBIA WIRELESS LOST APPROXIMATELY 25 % OF ITS BUSINESS .
Columbia is providing the DDoS protection capability as a value-added offering . “ We wanted to make sure our entire network didn ’ t go down because of one IP on our network having a DDoS attack ,” Leslie said .
Since the time the company deployed SmartWall , its network has received about 10 DDoS attacks “ and Corero has effectively blocked all of them ,” Leslie said .
The technology ’ s automated email notification system , Leslie ’ s favourite feature , keeps him informed about attacks on the Columbia Wireless network . This gives him greater visibility than ever into DDoS attacks and their resolution .
“ I have seen the Corero SmartWall email me-in plain English – about an attack that it is in the process of blocking , when it caught the attack , what kind of attack it is and what the victim IP was on my network ,” Leslie said .
“ It also emailed me to let me know when the attack has stopped . I can ’ t believe how many attacks there are that we didn ’ t even notice before .”
The system also includes an analytics capability with a graphical interface that lets users view attacks in great detail .
“ Basically , it ’ s a fully automated system that lets me stop thinking and worrying about the next DDoS attack and get back to life and growing my business ,” Leslie said . “ Among the biggest benefits of SmartWall are its ease of use and reliability .”
Ultimately , all Columbia Wireless clients will benefit from the DDoS-protected network , because such attacks made up about 75 % of the company ’ s overall network outages and 90 % of outages during business hours . �
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