5 DDoS Myths Debunked

Email     |     Share  
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
Next 5 DDoS Myths Debunked-2 Next

DDoS Targeting

Myth: A DDoS attack has never targeted us before, so it never will.

Fact: The odds are changing. It's never been easier to launch a DDoS attack. Combine this with the fact that there are many motivations behind DDoS attacks, and you'll see why there has been a dramatic rise in the number of attacks. Unfortunately, they are non-discriminating and it can happen to just about any vertical or size of business. As long as you have some form of internet presence, you could be the victim of a DDoS attack.

To compound this, new tools have enabled anyone with an internet connection and a grievance to launch a DDoS attack, and the cost to entry is low — both from the attacker's technical abilities and cost perspectives. For example, for less than $5 per hour, anyone – without any technical capabilities – can hire a “DDoS for Hire Service” to execute a DDoS attack. The mean cost to the attacker is very low, but the cost to the victim is about $500 per minute, according to ASERT.

This is a true game changer in terms of the threat landscape and all businesses should consider themselves a potential target of attack. No longer is it just certain verticals that are likely targets – such as finance, gaming and e-commerce. Today, any business, for any reason, any real or perceived offense or affliction, can become a target of a DDoS attack. A prime example of this is the recent 2016 Rio Olympics, where hacktivists targeted many organizations tangentially related to the Rio Olympics (i.e., ISPs, banks, sponsors) with DDoS attacks.

Enterprises and service providers worldwide, across every industry, face a never-ending deluge of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that continue to rise in size, frequency and complexity. Unfortunately, not all companies realize the danger that DDoS attacks pose, or have insight into their own risk profile. The bottom line is that you first need to understand the facts about both in order to determine the right amount of insurance and risk you're willing to live with. In an effort to shed more light on these issues, Tom Bienkowski of Arbor Networks has outlined the five most common DDoS myths that he's heard from customers and prospects in the field.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
More Slideshows

Privacy rollback Security Pros Give Their Opinions on ISP Data Privacy Rollback

IT staff, organization leaders, and the average citizen have all expressed levels of concern over the FCC about-face in regard to ISP privacy. Here’s what the security experts say. ...  More >>

IT security skills 7 Top Skills for Security Pros

Executives at several top tech firms outline the skills they need now and in the near future, including IaaS and IoT security expertise. Other skills listed may surprise you. ...  More >>

IT security careers The Most In-Demand Security Jobs and How to Get Them

Security professionals are in demand right now, and entry-level security jobs generally fall into either an engineer or analyst role. Find out more about required skills and career paths. ...  More >>

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Sign up now and get the best business technology insights direct to your inbox.