AUSTIN, Texas – February 12, 2013 – NSS Labs, the leader in test-based research and analysis of information security products, today announced the methodology for and launch of a new group test for Distributed Denial of Service Prevention (DDoS) solutions. NSS testing of DDoS solutions is scheduled for Spring 2014.

Fueled by the ease with which they can be launched, DDoS attacks are continuing to increase and are utilized in attacks by organizations ranging from sophisticated cyber crime networks to more ideological hacktivist groups. In some cases, the express purpose of a DDoS attack is to prevent services from operating, and in other cases, the attacks are intended as a diversion while a separate attack exfiltrates data. With the wide range of potential attack drivers, it is difficult for organizations and service providers to plan for an attack. According to Arbor Networks’ 2013 Enterprise Threat Landscape Report, 50 percent of enterprises surveyed experience a DDoS attack on their infrastructure.

“Although distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks aren’t new, they are more prevalent today than ever before,” said Vikram Phatak, CEO, NSS Labs. “Many vendors have entered the DDoS prevention market in recent years and their solutions should be evaluated carefully. We look forward to testing these solutions and providing empirical data on their effectiveness to our enterprise clients.”