The number of DDoS attacks is rising

by Alice Woods - -

The volume of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) assaults targeting companies increased by four times since 2015.

DDOS attacks

More high-profile malware, for example, the Mirai botnet, obviously influenced other threats to apply similar methods to cause websites to become inoperable.

DDoS attacks hit more than ever

According to A10 Networks[1], the volume of DDoS attacks increased from 50 Gbps to 1 Tbps in some cases. In addition, only 10% of such attacks were larger than 50 Gbps in 2015, compared to current 42%.

Even though it sounds dangerous, there are ways to deal with DDoS attacks. For instance, targeted companies are able to divert or even decrease the high-volume traffic away from criminals if policy controls are applied in a centralized way. Otherwise, the protection from similar attacks could take much more time and money.

Businesses attempt to fight not only higher-volume DDoS attacks, but more common ones. The A10 Networks reported that 57% of surveyed organizations deal with 13 – 25 incidents a year. In comparison, only 14% of companies were dealing with the same amount of incidents.[2]

On the bright side, the attacks are not causing much downtime for companies; only 15% of surveyed businesses reported that they had lost their connection because of a high-volume traffic attack for 25 hours or more.

The protection from DDoS attacks is still limited. Criminals hit companies aggressively, applying more and more innovated and advanced malware, while companies respond to them by getting more creative with security solutions. However, DDoS attacks are impossible to manage only by using special promotions and security suites.

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Alice Woods
Alice Woods - Antivirus software analyst

Alice Woods is an anti-malware analyst at She is passionate about testing new pieces of software and discovering pros and cons of each program.

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