Businesses Face Huge Upturn in DDoS Attacks
The size, complexity and frequency of cyber-attacks continues to rise, with customer infrastructure and data centres becoming prime targets and the average distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack now 50 times bigger than it was a decade ago, according to Arbor Networks.
The company, which monitors a third of Internet traffic worldwide, has issued its 10th annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report (WISR) on the most critical security challenges facing today’s businesses and the best strategies to fight against them.
Key findings from the report include:
“In 2004, the corporate world was on watch for self-propagating worms like Slammer and Blaster that devastated networks the year before; and, data breaches were most likely carried out by employees who had direct access to data files,” said Arbor Networks director of solutions architects Darren Anstee.
“Today, organisations have a much wider and more sophisticated range of threats to worry about, and a much broader attack surface to defend. The business impact of a successful attack or breach can be devastating – the stakes are much higher now.”