DDOS stands for Distributed Denial of Service and is one of the most serious threats to companies and organizations today. Due to their new level of sophistication, attackers are able to attain a higher capacity at a lower cost, meaning they can afford to make their attacks bigger. Although different sources report various growth numbers, we can expect to see a 20-30% rise in attacks this year, in comparison to last year.
However, times are changing and so is cybercrime. DDOS is now also a common weapon of choice for criminals. They use it as a tool for extortion. Nonetheless, if you become desperate enough and pay them, they will see you as a source of income and repeat the attack later on. Repeat attacks are standard so you should never give in to the extortion.
Different types of tools for DDOS attack are widely spread through different hacker forums, meaning the knowledge about and accessibility of the attacks are just growing. Since more and more attacks are targeting devices that are connected to the Internet of Things, we also believe that cloud-based service attacks are going to become more common.
There are different types of technologies and services to alleviate the effects of DDOS attacks, but they’re usually only efficient against one type of attack. In order to stop a multi-sector attack, you will need more than one anti-DDOS service. So, multiple layers of protection is the best solution. Talk to your Internet Service Provider and your other cloud vendors about data protection today!