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The future is automation, where Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things together will rule the technological aspects of our lives.

With the advent of Smart Watches, Voice Assistants and Smart Cars, the one thing we can be sure of is that the future will be full of similar devices which will make our life easier, our environment safer and the gadgets we use will be more personalized than ever.

These technological advancements will also bring tremendous change in various sectors, including Healthcare, Supply Chain Management, Automotive, Education and more.

According to research conducted by McKinsey, AI and automation will be responsible for boosting the global economy by increasing the productivity of businesses.

What is AI?

AI or Artificial Intelligence is the intelligence embedded in machines that are trained to impersonate human or animal intelligence, emotions and behavior.

In other words, AI is a computer program that is developed in a way so that it has its own thinking and learns from its experiments/experiences.

For example, Alexa is an AI developed by Amazon, which is built to work as a Virtual Assistant to humans. Alexa is trained to recognize human speech, understand instructions so that she can fulfill the directed tasks, for example setting timers, playing music, purchasing groceries, etc.

Fun fact: The world’s most famous Robot pet is Aibo — whose proud owner is Sony. This pet-bot is so smart that it can develop its personality with time, recognize faces, and communicate with humans using musical tones.

Types of AI

There are four types of Artificial Intelligence which are as follows:

These are the oldest forms of AIs that do not store memory or learn from past experiences/experiments.

They react to a specific set of inputs and do not improve their present operations based on their previous activities.

These AIs are an improved version of Reactive Machines and are capable of learning from their previously collected data.

Most of the present-day AI comes under this category. These AIs are trained with humongous data and use their memory from previous actions to define the solution for present problems. Chatbots, self-driving vehicles come under this category.

Theory Of Mind is a very advanced category in AI on which several studies are still going on. These are the types of AIs that we see in science fiction movies or shows. These AIs have the capabilities of understanding human desires, intent and form decisions based on the AI theory.

A booming field of research called Artificial Emotional Intelligence caters to these AIs. Hence in the future, AI machines might be competent enough to understand our thought processes and interact with us based on our emotions, beliefs, circumstances, etc.

This category of AIs will have self-awareness or consciousness and are the culmination of AI development.

AI evolution would have to reach this stage to have ideas of their own.

Fact: This advancement in the field of AI can be dangerous to the human race too, and many laws have already been proposed by many organizations so that human autonomy is respected over AIs.

Why AI is Important?

AI(s) will play a crucial role in our future because:

  1. AI helps in reducing human error and works with remarkable accuracy. This capability is very useful, especially in the field of healthcare.
  2. AI makes our life easier by adding intelligence to the devices we use. Most of the repetitive tasks like shopping, cleaning, etc., can be reduced with an AI-bot.
  3. This technology will make traveling easy for us as autonomous vehicles will make driving unnecessary.
  4. Virtual tutors can assist human teachers in catering to the individual needs of children in the education domain.
  5. AI virtual assistants will transform current customer service giving personalized help to customers and hence improving customer satisfaction.
  6. In the entertainment field, AI will make movies, shows, songs, and streaming feeds more customized for us, making our decision-making process easier.

What Is IoT?

The Internet of things is the interconnection of various physical objects connected to the internet who communicate with each other with wireless transmission of data. This sending and receiving of data don’t require human intervention.

These objects are embedded with sensors, actuators, software, etc.

The Internet of Things has been a pioneer in changing the way we communicate with our devices.

Let’s look at some figures.

  • Every second, 127 new IoT devices are getting connected to the internet!
  • The market for wearable devices boosted to 223% in 2015
  • 54% of executives who implemented AI and IoT in their business claim it has increased their productivity tremendously
  • Automotive IoT Market will be worth 541.73 Billion by 2025

IoT in Healthcare

The Internet of Things will play a prominent role in advancing Healthcare, and the revenues are projected to be a whopping 135 billion by 2025.

Fitness devices like fitness bands, blood pressure monitors, heart rate monitors will soon be IoT optimized so that the patient is treated timely.

Some other applications of IoT in the Healthcare domain are:

  1. Ease of tracking in necessary medical staff and medical equipment, especially in the case of emergencies.
  2. Real-time monitoring of people and generating alerts to the physician in case of any abnormality.
  3. Remote monitoring of patients by doctors so that patients don’t need to stay in hospital or visit the hospital frequently.

How AI Enhances IoT?

The Internet of things and Artificial Intelligence hugely complement each other. IoT devices collect huge amounts of data during operations with the help of their sensors which can be used by AI to improve the performance of the devices.

According to research, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are generated by IoT devices every day.

By being AI optimized, IoT devices can learn the pattern of the environment they are working in, detect anomalies, if any and also decrease downtime.

For example, MindAI is a thermostat that learns how you like your room temperature and learns how you adjust your temperature in a day. After learning your behavior, it adjusts the AC without your intervention so that you get maximum comfort. If it wasn’t AI optimized, this thermostat would have run your AC at a fixed temperature which you would give as input.

Other benefits of AIoT or Artificial Intelligence Technology (AI+IoT) are:

  • Analysis of data so collected is optimized and acts as feedback for future operations.
  • Increases autonomy of the devices since they AI embed them, thus learning previous patterns
  • Decreases the downtime
  • Increases efficiency and effectiveness of processes
  • Provide more operational insights

Role of AI in IoT Security

With the growing number of IoT devices, Cyber Attackers are working on ways to penetrate these networks to get access to crucial data. The attacks on these vulnerable IoT devices can be dangerous to organizations that are dependent on them.

That’s where Artificial Intelligence comes into the picture.

According to research conducted at the University of District of Columbia, the application of AI in deploying security to IoT will help us in realizing its full potential.

But how will AI help in providing security to IoT devices and networks?

AI will help in monitoring the network continuously. The patterns of the previous attacks will help AI in understanding what future attack scenarios might look like and hence create solutions to resolve them. This is called predictive analysis, which will help to combat modified security threats.

Hence equipped with previous data AI can enhance the security aspect of the devices. AI will also help in monitoring these devices without human interference and hence automate the process.

How AI and IoT are Changing Digital Word (Technology)

The following graph will help you in estimating the growth in the market which AI and IoT, when blended together, will capture, clearly in the coming future, both technologies together will be dominating the Tech Industry.

AI and IoT together (or AIOT) will set the foundation of the automation world as we will know it. With the capability of IoT devices to capture huge amounts of data from the environment and the Artificial Intelligence model’s ability to extract valuable information from IoT — together they can implement better solutions.

The two technologies together will change the business scenarios around the world.

Fact: AI and IoT together are projected to reach a market size of 16.2 Billion with a CAGR growth rate of 26 percent.

Here are some ways through which we can analyze the impact AIOT will have on our business industries:

  1. Businesses who implement AIOT will have the edge over their competitors since they can get more detailed insights that weren’t known before.
  2. Hiring processes will become more structured and faster. The process of recruiting can be very time-consuming if done the traditional way. Background check, searching specific skill sets and experience, analyzing the person’s behavior becomes easier with AIOT involvement.
  3. Most of the industrial tasks will become automated, safer and more accurate.
  4. These technologies make it possible for businesses to do the processing in the IoT devices themselves, therefore, increasing the security of data and saving time.
  5. Consumer behavior patterns can be traced, and the purchasing power of the targeted consumer can be analyzed easily.

In conclusion, the businesses will become smarter, faster and their scalability will become easier.

Examples of AI and IoT in Action

Smart Home is the umbrella term for various technologies which make a person’s life easier, safer and digitized at home. All the devices we use at home, be it Television, washing machine, air-conditioner, microwave or even our simple door become smart once they are connected to the internet.

These appliances can be equipped with various AI technologies, for example, voice recognition, face recognition, etc., so that they add more value to our lives and hence making it easier.

Smart Speakers have made a good place in the market, with AIs like Alexa, Siri and Google already becoming household names. Smart homes can also help us be energy efficient and make our environment safer.

Driverless cars are probably the most popular AIOT technology out there. Google Self-Driving car name Waymo is still under testing and will be launched soon.

Following are some of the benefits these cars will provide:

  • These driverless cars are connected to each other and hence communicate crucial details to each other, for example, traffic lights stats, road congestion, etc. This helps in saving fuel of the vehicle and hence reduces emissions.
  • Since these vehicles are connected to each other and to the internet, they will always strive to find the optimum way to reach the passenger and to his/her destination. Hence saving passenger’s time as well as reducing traffic.
  • These cars will enhance passenger’s experience while traveling and also increase the safety parameter since the chances of error are very low when compared to human drivers.

Wearable technologies like Smart Watches have become very popular. These watches track your sleeping patterns, heart rate, exercise routine continuously and give you an analysis of your health.

In healthcare industries, wearable technology is being researched so that they can alert the patient, their family, or doctor if any abnormality is found in the body function. The wearable helps in wasting no time for treating the patient.

Though not extensively, AIOT has started making an impact in the agriculture domain too. Farmers have started adopting precision agriculture which uses AI technology to help them keep a check on diseases and pests that attack plants.

Some AI models help in forecasting the seasons and upcoming weather patterns, which help the farmer make better planning for a good quality harvest. Drones enabled with computer vision, and deep learning are used by farmers to analyze the areas of farms that can be improved further.

AI sensors are helping farmers in deciding which herbicide will be best suited for a particular weed and also help in determining the accurate quantity needed. This helps in reducing the excessive use of herbicides in plants which is beneficial both for the environment and human consumption.

  • STRENGTHENED RISK MANAGEMENT

Businesses use IoT and Artificial Intelligence together to mitigate the risks, learn from them and prepare better solutions in the future. AIOT helps them automate the process, and AI models with their unlimited learning capability are efficient enough to handle modified attacks.

IoT devices help the companies to not be totally dependent on a central processing system cloud. Since most of the processing and analysis takes place in a distributed manner, the risk of a data breach or data exposure reduces to a great extent. This also helps in reducing the time of the processing.

Many banks have adopted artificial intelligence to make decisions on fraud faster. These technologies also help in providing better insights into tradings, stock markets, and predicting financial markets and hence reducing the financial loss for the organizations.

Conclusion

The future will belong to those who adopt AI and IoT to scale their businesses. Companies like Amazon, Tesla, Google, and Apple have already started harnessing the benefits of AIOT.

The Internet of Things helps in collecting, processing, and analyzing data at every step and hence provides valuable insights into these processes. The implementation of the results from these is faster than the traditional methods, thanks to the continuous learning of Artificial Intelligence models.

These technologies have already made an impact on consumers’ lives which we can see with the increasing popularity of smart speakers, smartwatches, smart vehicles, etc.

Together these technologies will be responsible for the digitization of all the sectors and bring tremendous changes in our lives through automation.

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Ravi Kumar is a Co-founder at XplorMedia, a digital marketing agency and author at WHRX: With over 5 years writing obituaries content, Ravi has a uniquely wry voice that shines through in his newest collection. He loves reading, gaming and walking alone and living with his family.

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Here are a few more items for your holiday list that might make you the hero of your holiday gift-giving. Does everyone in your household put their items on the Amazon list — and then makes you pick off of that list? It’s a good idea.

But where are all the surprises for the holidays we used to have? I DO want to be surprised with something wonderful — but I don’t want to be surprised with something I have to take back.

Today — I asked the same thing of each person who came into work, “What gift do you want for the holidays?” I have not tried all of these items — but I got some great descriptions of the items I don’t have — and there was some definite note taking and longing for the gifts on this list.

Winter boots are at the top — but the rest of the items are not in any particular order.  Please find something your loved ones will appreciate — and order early so no one will be disappointed on your special day.

riemot Men’s Snow Boots

Okay, I haven’t tried these, but several men in the office have. They are “extremely” long-lasting and are great for working outdoors or for snowmobiling, ice-fishing, and any weekend-outdoor adventures. These riemot boots are waterproof and slip-resistant.

 

riemot Men's Slip On
riemot Men’s Slip On

The guys said for convenience — this slip-on is the boot to get. For easy off and on when you have to hurry with your own outfitting because you have to help a girlfriend or kid — these boots are easy on and easy off. Waterproof, comfortable, and anti-slip, and long-wearing. One man said to say his boots are “still comfortable and new looking after many years of wear.”

Knixmax Women's Snow
Knixmax Women’s Snowboot

These boots are really classy — I have a pair that I wore all last winter out in the wilds. They are toasty warm on the toes, and these boots are not clunky and awkward to walk in — you don’t feel like Big Foot wearing them around. They look good and feel good. Fur-lined and waterproof.

gosun power 550 power bank
gosun power 550 power bank

Deliver power where and when needed with GoSun Power 550, a compact solar generator packed with energy to run your essential devices like Cameras, Lights, Laptops, and CPAP machines. Plus, it’s optimized to power GoSun’s full line of super-efficient appliances. I’m getting this to run my c-pap if needed — when I’m away from power. Has temperature control, heat dissipation, voltage stabilizer, and Smart BMS.

fungies Mushroom Gummies
fungies Mushroom Gummies

My friends — you’ll want to hop on the eatfungies blog and read all about this interesting way to manage many health issues. The Reishi Mushroom helps relieve stress and inflammation and is used for sleep, increasing sleep time and quality. The well-known Lion’s Mane functional mushroom, with its long history of use to improve memory and promote nerve and brain health is available in a gummy. There are many uses for these easy-to-use gummies

Men's Colorful Perfomance Crew Socks
Men’s Colorful Performance Crew Socks

Men’s performance crew socks bring you the best in comfort and durability; the 3 Pair Infrared Technology Cushion Crew socks are powered by Infrared Technology. Infrared ceramic crystals are ground & permanently infused into the polymer yarn used.  When combined with your body’s natural heat, it forms infrared energy, which improves circulation and speeds up healing and tissue regeneration. Seamless toe comfort and mesh venting improved air movement — get thee cushioned for added comfort and support.

Holiday Bobo Guru Nanda
Holiday Bobo Guru Nanda

The Bobo Guru Nanda is a two-in-one humidifier and essential oil diffuser — ideal for large and small spaces. Very quiet using ultrasonicc wave technology to circulate moisturized air for up to 22 hours at a time. Use it with the 100% pure and natural essential oils to enjoy the full therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy.

Poshmamma Oral Routine Kit 2.0
Poshmamma Oral Routine Kit 2.0

The Poshmamma Oral Routine Kit trains you in oral routines — excellent oral routine has long been known as the key to overall good health. The kit includes: 1x Coconut Mint Oil Pulling; 1x Dental Guru 6pk Healthy Gums Toothbrush (Butter on Gums Toothbrush); 1x Water Flosser; 1x Dual Barrel Mouthwash; 1x Concentrated Mouthwash.

Mounia Hair Care System
Mounia Hair Care System

Mounia is a hair care system. Right now you get a free scalp massager with every purchase. The proprietary repair technology is featured in every product. By combining the ancient Moroccan haircare techniques with modern technology, you’ll have the best science-backed haircare system on the market.

Zum by Indigo Wild
Zum by Indigo Wild

You will want to hop on the Zum by Indigo Wild site and choose your lovely scents — try them all. All natural plant oils — plus the olive, coconut and castor oils carry next-level hydration. Infused with essential oils that are mood-boosting all day — morning, noon, and night. You can even get Zum in a bar and a mist.

WEGYM Rally X3 Resistance Bands
WEGYM Rally X3 Resistance Bands

You’ll love the easy, straight forward workout the WEGYM Rally X3 resistance bands can bring you. This set is backed by the industry’s leading sport’s science and data. You receive a full-body workout! Build your muscles, improve mobility and flexibility — and you can easily track your progress. Built to last — and will build you to last too.

Nexar Pro GPS Dash Cams
Nexar Pro GPS Dash Cams

The Nexar Pro GPS Dash Cams are a game changer. You’ll love the features of each cam. You set the cam up on your phone. You’ve come out of an event (or the grocery store, yo) and can’t remember where you parked? Nexar can show you your parking location and then navigate you directly to your car. Easy-peasy, open app or just ask Siri to be guided.

VANKYO Performance HD Projector
VANKYO Performance HD Projector

No question, any VANKYO projector you pick will be the one you’ll want. Easy set up, beautiful color enhancement. VANKYO Performance V700W 1080P Full HD Livehouse Projector with 420 ANSI Lumen, Dual 5W/4ohm Dolby Audio Speakers, Bidirectional Bluetooth 5.1. Great Gift.

Crossrope
Crossrope

Seriously, the photo doesn’t do the Crossrope justice. These are beautiful, well-balanced jump ropes. Fun to use with your partner, friends, or even your kids — though this isn’t a kids’ jump rope. Jump roping has long been known as one of the best all-over exercises you can do for your health. I like it because you can stick this rope in your suitcase. You can feel the difference in your health — fast.

Teracube Thrive Kid Phone
Teracube Thrive Kid Phone

With the Teracube Thrive, you now have choices in kid phones. When to give your kids a phone is a big issue for parents these days. This phone for kids has parental monitoring and built-in restrictions on social media, gaming, and other apps that parents may worry about.

Waffle Bath Bundle
Waffle Bath Bundle

Luxurious to the touch, ultra-absorbent, and ideal for stepping out of the shower, this bundle includes 2 Waffle Bath Towels, 2 Waffle Hand Towels, and 4 Waffle Wash Cloths, all from our Waffle Bath Collection by CozyEarth. Made from 40% Premium Viscose from Bamboo fabric and 60% Cotton, this unique blend is extremely soft for spa-like comfort.

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Deanna is the Managing Editor at ReadWrite. Previously she worked as the Editor in Chief for Startup Grind and has over 20+ years of experience in content management and content development.

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Things to Keep in Mind Before Launching an Online Course

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Sourav Sharma


Within the last few years, the paradigm of traditional education has shifted radically. Being physically present in a classroom is no longer the only way to learn.

Now with the advent of the internet and new technology, you can get an excellent education wherever and anywhere you choose — as long as you have access to the internet.

In education, we are in the midst of a new era: the internet revolution

So if one wants to build a successful online course, one should keep certain things in mind.

Mining yourself

First, you need to be educated in the field you want to teach. Get validated in that field. What have you determined to teach and where is your stronghold? For that, you have to make a note of certain things that would form the foundation in designing your course, such as :

  • Find your area of interest. Your course should be dedicated to something you love. Your content will be less engaging if you fail to connect with it. And due to a lack of interest, your way of content delivery might be too dull for your students. So, find the area in which you are keen to work.
  • List your skills. Make a list of the skills you possess. This gives you a clear idea of your area of expertise.
  • Experience and achievements. One’s experience and achievements reflect how well they have practiced the skills and how good they are in applying them.

Now you can filter out the courses you can provide and then find the audience for it. The next step is talking about the audience. But before moving on to your course, keep in mind that the audience might not want the things you like or the area in which you are good.

Identify your target audience and their needs

No one will purchase a course just because you have an interest in making it. One would only buy it if and only if it could add value to their life. So, find who is the target audience for your content and is. Is there enough market demand for it? You must study who would want your course because finding a way to make your course profitable to you matters and will motivate you to do better and provide finer materials for your students.

Now, in order to find if there is market demand for your product, you can make use of your computer and Google research and use the Google analytical tools. These include:

  • Google keyword planner.
  • Google Trends

Also, you can use sites like Reddit and Quora for the same type of research. Using these two sites gives you a detailed view of how many searches are made for your topics. From this research, you can estimate your current market demand and the level of competition in the market.

Competitor analysis

Before designing your product, it is crucial to conduct a competitor analysis. Checking out your competitors will help you to identify the ins and outs of your competition. And never underestimate where you can find some additional ideas to add to your own course. Competition provides that little extra info.

You can research the competition by going through the marketplace and identifying what your competitors offer, and trying some of their products. Put yourself in the shoes of customers and find out what are the strengths as well as the flaws of their product. Also, capture the reviews of their customers. By checking out the reviews, you can design your product in such a way that it eliminates the gap between your competition.

Design your course

Now that you have done a complete evaluation of your competition and the product offered by them, it is time to design your product. Keep in mind that your course should create differentiation, and it should have a unique value proposition. Looking for the things that the audience is unable to find in your competitor’s course will help you cover those areas in your course.

Create your course and make it compelling and engaging for your audience. Although your course might be full of information, if your audience gets bored, they might shift to other courses. Contextualize your course and weave cohesiveness with your audience.

Your audience should find your course practical and applicable in their life. Observe your course through how your audience will perceive it. Some tips to make your content engaging are:

  • Make your lessons more pictorial
  • Add storytelling methods to deliver content
  • Create learning groups
  • Conduct live Q/A sessions
  • Add more practical examples and applications to your course.
  • Add a reward-based learning system, i.e., award rewards for students who complete certain tasks in the course

Before you launch your course, go for product testing within a small group and collect their reviews. Then evaluate the areas and make improvements. This decreases the chances of product failure.

Launching your course

You should launch your course as soon as possible — others might be thinking of doing the same thing you are. Strategize a pricing model for your online course. Your course should not be seen as a cheap product as that will create a bad perception.

Make your course accessible to a wide range of audiences by making it available on relevant platforms. Create a launch trigger so as to create a buzz among your target that something interesting is coming. Amplify your audience enrollment by offering various redeemable vouchers and coupons.

Many creators think that once their content is launched, it will sell on its own. But the best product in the world does not launch itself. If your product does not reach your customer and they don’t get aware of it — you will not have a course to sell.

Generate the leads for your course through:

  • Ads
  • Influencers
  • Backlinks in blogs
  • Early bird discount promotion.

Post-launch

Your course has been launched — but it is not over yet. Do not resist changes in your course module — just do what has to be done to make your course a success. Gather feedback from your audience regularly and work on making your course what your customers/students will like.

Revise your course within a certain time interval. It is important to make these valuable changes in order to retain your existing audience and stay ahead of your competition.

Final thoughts

Online education is typically less expensive than in-person education. Online, there is frequent access to a wide range of material such as videos, photos, eBooks, and tutors. These platforms can also incorporate other formats, such as forums or discussions, to improve lessons.

You can study or teach from anywhere in the world with online education. This means that there is no need to commute or adhere to a strict schedule. And current online enrollment in professional courses is around 1.38 Billion, and the number is increasing in rapidly.

Muvi Live is an end-to-end streaming platform that provides on-demand and live-streaming solutions for the educational sector, including institutions, universities, and ed-tech companies.

Equipped with a range of services in a virtual classroom, you can create, upload, and monetize online course content with ease. You will want to be mobile optimized and have a chat feature and collaboration features.

You will also want to smoothly integrate with LMS (learning management system) through API and SDKs for real-time assignments, tools, PowerPoint, etc., and provides an intuitive learning experience in one place.

Use analytics within your course so that you can evaluate the performance of students as they move through your course materials.

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There is nothing worse for your business continuity than a sophisticated dedicated denial of service attack. Cybercriminals can send a barrage of malicious traffic to overwhelm your servers and make them incapable of responding to legitimate requests. This can make your website inaccessible and bring your entire network down to its knees.

Even though the duration of DDoS attacks might not be as long as before, they are growing both in numbers and intensity. If you don’t have the right protection in place, your website could go down for days or even weeks. To prevent that, businesses tend to hire DDoS mitigation service providers.

These DDoS mitigation service providers have the resources, skills, and experience to identify and block these attacks. Sadly, not all of them are equally good, which is why you need to do your research before hiring the best DDoS mitigation service provider. In this article, you will learn about seven questions you need to ask before hiring a DDoS mitigation provider.

7 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring DDoS Mitigation Service

1. What is Your Deployment Model?

Every DDoS mitigation service provider follows a unique model. Make sure that their deployment model aligns with yours — otherwise, the mismatch could lead to even more issues down the line. The most common deployment model DDoS mitigation service providers use:

  • On-premise
  • On cloud
  • Hybrid

In an on-premise deployment model, a device is installed which analyzes traffic before reaching your network. This can be a great option if you want to safeguard against low and slow attacks. On the flipside — cloud-based deployment models use scrubbing centers, which monitor the traffic before it reaches your network.

The benefit of the cloud-based deployment model is that you don’t have to install any wearable device. Lastly, the hybrid deployment model gives you the best of both worlds by blending both approaches together. The deployment model you choose should depend on your risk profile, type of attacks, and on-premise installation.

2. What type of Cybersecurity Attacks Can You Protect Against?

There are many different types of DDoS attacks. Each of them targets a different layer of your technology stack. Each type has its own carrier and mitigation techniques. This is where your prospective DDoS mitigation service provider can come into play.

Most DDoS protection providers can prevent DDoS attacks by blocking attackers from flooding your network with illegitimate traffic. What really differentiates great DDoS mitigation service providers from the rest is their ability to efficiently handle attacks at other layers of the technology stack as well.

Hire a DDoS mitigation service provider that can prevent attacks at higher layers that utilize more protocols such as UDP, TCP, tunnel HTTPS, and SSL. Some DDoS attacks also leverage compression and encryption protocols, while other attacks target the application layer with HTTP GET and POST commands to create congestion in your network.

3. How Much Control and Visibility Do You Have Over the Network?

Hire a DDoS mitigation service provider which owns the core of its network with multiple points for analysis. The prospective DDoS protection service you are planning to hire should have a vast network of scrubbing centers. This gives them the capability to find and neutralize the harmful effects of DDoS attacks. Even if the malicious traffic originates from multiple sources simultaneously, it can block all the malicious traffic.

4. What is Your Total Network Capacity?

As I mentioned before, DDoS attacks are growing in frequency and becoming more sophisticated, but they are also becoming larger in nature. You don’t want to hire a DDoS protection service that is not capable of handling a large-scale DDoS attack.

Ask the service provider how much network capacity they have and the maximum size of DDoS attacks they will be able to block. The higher the network throughput, the more capable the DDoS mitigation service is. Another question you need to ask is how rapidly the scrubbing centers can analyze and forward the packets. The faster the speed, the more efficient the DDoS protection.

5. How Quickly Do You Respond?

A dedicated denial-of-service attack not only makes your website inaccessible but can also disrupt your business continuity. The longer a DDoS attack lasts and keeps your website offline, the more money you will lose in terms of sales and revenue.

This is why it is important for businesses to work with service providers who can respond to DDoS attacks quickly and restore business operations as soon as possible. The faster they can detect DDoS attacks, the higher chances they have of minimizing the damage. Ask the service provider how fast they can detect attacks and divert incoming malicious traffic.

6. What is Your Pricing Structure?

The cost of DDoS mitigation depends on a variety of factors. Two of the key factors include the time and bandwidth required to repel DDoS attacks. Every DDoS protection service provider follows a different pricing model and charges different rates.

Some might charge you a fixed fee for their DDoS-protected dedicated servers, while others have variable costs attached to them. Assess your needs and risk profile before choosing a service provider that offers a pricing structure that meets your needs perfectly.

7. What Will You Need From Us?

You also need to know what the service provider needs from you. Is their solution easy to set up and use, or does it have a steep learning curve? Ask whether you need to switch to a new internet service provider or make changes to configurations.

Is installing hardware on-premises mandatory? If yes, then how difficult is the setup and installation process, and how much time will it take to get operational? Once you get answers to all these questions, it will be easier for you to choose the best DDoS mitigation service.

Which questions do you ask when opting for DDoS protection? Feel free to share it with us in the comments section below.

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Irfan Ak

Irfan Ak is an experienced digital & content marketing strategist at Branex.ca, the pro app development company. He is a regular contributor on various websites. He has worked with several brands and created value for them.

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