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AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES


Nearly 80% of all DDoS attacks were directed at the gaming and gambling industry


pressure gambling sites are under. For example, any latencies experienced by online gambling sites, whether it’s simply a fraction of a second, can prove detrimental to both the punter and bookmaker, meaning that gambling businesses are at risk of losing both money and their reputation if they’re unable to maintain a responsive and reactive service for users. Simply put, time is money and the rise of in-play gambling means that seconds count!


In order to reduce the latency from server to server, which is the time between a user putting on an in-play bet and it being accepted, businesses should look towards Content Delivery Networks (CDNs). With a wide distribution of servers, CDNs shorten both the time and distance between endpoints which is crucial for in-play gambling as it would ensure a consistent user experience and reduce the possibility of server errors. These delivery networks buffer attack traffic, and securely route genuine traffic. The bigger and more dispersed the CDN is, the greater the volume of attack traffic it can absorb, meaning content can be delivered more consistently and securely, and gambling sites are less likely to lose out. Therefore, a two-pronged approach is necessary for gambling businesses looking to remain protected and deliver great user experiences online. Online gambling sites cannot afford to sacrifice their security for improved performance, or vice versa. It’s important for cyber-crime to be effectively mitigated, and operators to look to improve both user experience and trust in their sites through the utilisation of modern technology and clear procedures. If they fail to do so, it’s likely that developments in the industry and the rise in the potential bounty for hackers will prove costly to the industry’s growth and reputation.


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