No matter how much the threats -- and attackers -- have changed, security still all comes down to traffic, seeing it, studying it, understanding it, and ultimately leveraging that understanding to deliver powerful analytics that allow defenders to protect their infrastructure and assets in new transformative ways.
According to our 8th annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report (WISR), 33 percent of mobile network operators (MNOs) experienced a customer-visible outage due to a security incident, up from nearly 13 percent from the previous year. Making matters even worse, 57 percent of MNOs do not know what proportion of subscriber devices on their networks are participating in malicious activity and 60 percent have no visibility into traffic traversing their packet cores. We are expecting this number to rise with the results of this years’ Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report, as it appears to be an unfortunate trend on the upswing.
The risk to these operators is clear: unseen threats cannot be prevented or contained.
An enterprise relies on its IT infrastructure for nearly every internal and customer-facing function. Everything from informing prospects, to training staff, to processing multimillion dollar transactions is dependent on your stakeholders’ ability to access your website and your internal systems and applications. Securing those networks, from Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks and other cyber threats should be a key component to operating your business.
Just a few weeks ago, we released quarterly findings on how the DDoS threat landscape is trending as we close out Q3 2013 and head into the final quarter of the year. One of the most notable stats from that data – which was pulled from our ATLAS system and analyzed by our security experts in ASERT – was that the size of attacks is once again accelerating.
It’s that time again – our quarterly data pull from ATLAS to glean new insight into DDoS attack trends and how they stack up for the year to date.
Here, I’m sharing a few of the more interesting findings from my own perspective.