Along with email spam, phishing, malware, and crazy cat videos, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks remain a persistent blight on the internet. The Verizon 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report notes “that the degree of certainty that they will occur is almost in the same class as death and taxes”. Cyber criminals employing automated methods for launching attacks have escalated what was once an occasional, but often severe, nuisance into a widespread, ever-present and worsening threat. According to the Corero Full Year 2018 DDoS Trends Report, the average number of attacks per customer was up 16% over the previous 12 months.
DDoS Attacks – Increasingly Frequent and Complex
Financially motivated criminal organizations and nation state actors bent on cyber warfare have aligned with malicious hackers to pool their collective knowledge and experience for generating increasingly complex, multi-vector, attacks that are more difficult to detect and mitigate. The vast majority of DDoS attacks are either volumetric in nature – consuming a high percentage of network bandwidth – or focused on exhausting protocol-processing resources in the host systems under attack. Both types are highly effective in knocking out internet applications and services, sometimes for hours and with severe consequences for service providers, businesses and consumers.
OpenCape is proactive in support of our customers’ cybersecurity protocols by partnering with industry leading Corero for DDoS mitigation strategies. Talk to one of our friendly OpenCape team members today about adding this important feature to your existing service.