Sunday, February 24, 2013

[Gartner]: "High-bandwidth DDoS attacks are becoming the new norm"

A new report by Avivah Litan (pictured), VP and distinguished analyst at Gartner, predicts that "..Twenty-five percent of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that occur in 2013 will be application-based .. attackers send out targeted commands to applications to tax the central processing unit (CPU) and memory and make the application unavailable .. High-bandwidth DDoS attacks are becoming the new norm and will continue wreaking havoc on unprepared enterprises in 2013".
"A new class of damaging DDoS attacks was launched against U.S. banks in the second half of 2012, sometimes adding up to 70 Gbps of noisy network traffic blasting at the banks through their Internet pipes. Until this recent spate of attacks, most network-level DDoS attacks consumed only five Gbps of bandwidth, but more recent levels made it impossible for bank customers and others using the same pipes to get to their websites .. To combat this risk, enterprises need to revisit their network configurations, and rearchitect them to minimize the damage that can be done. Organizations that have a critical Web presence and cannot afford relatively lengthy disruptions in online service should employ a layered approach that combines multiple DOS defenses".
See "Gartner Says 25 Percent of Distributed Denial of Services Attacks in 2013 Will Be Application-Based" - here.

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