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Application Protection: Where Cybercrime is Heading & How to Protect Against It

In March 2017, the largest DDoS attack ever recorded took place. Weighing in at an unprecedented 1.7 Tbps, this DDoS attack set a new benchmark in terms of scale and occurred just weeks after another DDoS attack had claimed the title of ‘the world’s largest’. While large-scale, volumetric attacks like this aren’t uncommon, the fact they are continuing to grow highlights that they are still very much part of an attacker’s toolkit today. However, the real problem with these massive DDoS attacks is that they are often used as a smokescreen to hide other, more nefarious, activities. This reality, known as Dark DDoS, is one that’s becoming increasingly common, which is why organizations need to sit up and take note when it comes to protecting their web-facing assets – including the growing threat of layer 7 DDoS attacks. Layer 7 DDoS attacks target the uppermost layer (the application layer) of…

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A warm welcome…

Hello and welcome to the first of a series of updates I’ll be sharing in my new role as President of Cogeco Peer 1.  Since the announcement was made regarding my appointment, I’ve been grateful for the messages of congratulations I have received. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to welcome me into this role. It’s been heartwarming to have so much support. Thank you! I’ve been reflecting on my time with the company and revisiting what makes Cogeco Peer 1 unique as a business. Is it our unrivalled IT Infrastructure, our strong customer and partner relationships, our tried and tested processes?  Undoubtedly all of these play a part.  But what really sets us apart is our people. The diverse and innovative approach of our employees and our customer centric culture form the life-blood running through the business. This culture of customer-first innovation is why I’m confident…

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Powering Potential and the Frustration of Restrictions

Technology has revolutionized business and is a fundamental component to success, helping organizations, irrespective of industry, maximize their potential and grow. To achieve this potential, an agile and flexible IT partner is key. However, many organizations can be hindered by common restrictions such as internal complexity, security and system integration difficulties. To gain greater insight into these every-day frustrations, Cogeco Peer 1 has canvassed the options of 150 IT decision-makers across several different industries including financial services, higher education, retail, media and business services. Interestingly many IT influencers point to issues with IT vendors that hinder their ability to move forward. It seems that a lack of choice and flexibility in IT infrastructure is holding back UK businesses, with 85% of respondents revealing that their organization would see faster growth if its IT vendor was less restrictive. 69% of IT decision-makers believe their organizations growth and development has been restricted…

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Defending the Layers of Your Network

There is one statement about that has been written since the dawn of network security; and written in various ways and will likely remain true for many years to come:  “The number, intensity, and sophistication of cyberattacks increased dramatically last year, and will only continue to grow.” In fact, according to the Online Trust Alliance, the number of cyberattacks targeting businesses nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017. And except for a couple of anomalies in 2009 and 2011, the number of data breaches and exposed records has risen every year since 2005. Understanding the reality Today’s most virulent threats come in the form of a so-called “brute-force” – distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks—by far the most reported types of incursions according to the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. The number of DDoS attacks reached an all-time high in 2017. A total of 7.5 million DDoS attacks were reported during the year,…

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Events Season is here…

It seems that it has been event season for us at Cogeco Peer 1, as over the last couple of months I have been on the road with my colleagues, meeting clients, industry shapers, thought leaders, politicians, students and prospects in the UK and across Europe. A particular highlight for us was our President, Philippe Jetté’s presentation at this year’s CEBIT event in Hannover, Germany. Philippe was invited to share his views on Blockchain and then had the opportunity to meet with some of our German partners and customers alongside Astrid Mehrtens-Haupt who is our EMEA sales director. In addition to Germany, Cogeco Peer 1 is invested in Europe in a number of regions, particularly France where Eric Chauvigné, the EMEA pre-sales director is based. Eric travelled to the UK and presented at Cloud and DevOps World on a panel discussion on ‘Designing & Building Your Cloud Computing System.’  Phil…

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Powering Potential – A Complicated World

Technology is advancing at such a fast pace that it’s nearly impossible to predict what the digital landscape will look like in five years’ time. Trying to stay ahead of the pack within an industry characterized by such rapid change, can be daunting for any IT decision-maker. With so much choice readily available, business leaders are often faced with the difficult decision of picking between influxes of new technologies, with very limited time to choose which best supports them. Keeping up with the latest innovations, challenges, opportunities and threats that technology brings is a huge task for any organization. If implemented correctly, new technology can propel businesses forward, but can conversely have the opposite effect if adopted inappropriately, causing detrimental problems that threaten to undermine enterprises. With this in mind, when it comes to the support businesses are receiving from their IT partners in understanding and meeting these changes, it’s…

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