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Today's round-the-clock information culture means organisations are becoming more reliant than ever on continuous access to applications and data. Whatever the cause, a break in continuity negatively impacts business - whether it's the inconvenience of a few hours' lost productivity while email is down, or completes operational paralysis when business-critical processes such as transactional systems experience an outage. Malicious Denial of Service (DoS) attacks are on the increase, as high-profile companies are targeted for business disruption rather than information theft. Despite sweeping defence cutbacks in the recent government spending review, funding for measures to counter cyber attacks was given a ?650m boost, highlighting the serious national implications and the threat level of this modern form of hostility.
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