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Taking a Multi-layer Defense Approach to Modern DDoS Attacks

 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.

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Q3 findings from ATLAS

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. 

You can dig into all the data yourself if you download the presentation on Slideshare, or read a full summary in our press release.

Here, I’m sharing a few of the more interesting findings from my own perspective.

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Upcoming webinar: Protecting the Cloud from DDoS Attacks

DDoS attacks continue to be a growing problem, and one that has evolved into a much more complex and hard to ward-off problem. Not only are large, volumetric attacks continuing to cause trouble for network operators and enterprises alike, but the increasing sophistication of attacks which specifically target business-critical applications now have the ability to stop business-as-usual altogether.

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Sudan drops off the Internet

 

Arbor Networks ATLAS data shows that Sudan dropped off the Internet around 9am ET on September 25. An article from the Associated Press may explain why. 

And, according to the most recent ATLAS data, Internet traffic in Sudan returned in the morning on September 26. According to the data below, Internet traffic levels in Sudan have returned to normal levels. 

Sudan Week

Note: Times shown in the chart above are in UTC.

 

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Man in the Browser Attacks: Why what you can’t see, can hurt you

In a recent blog post, Dennis Schwarz, an engineer with Arbor’s Security Engineering & Response Team (ASERT) provides a detailed analysis of the Citadel malware for “Man in the Browser” attacks. This is an interesting attack because while the execution occurs locally on a user’s machine, it can have devastating effects on the risk profile of an entire organization. 

Let’s look at how the attack manifests.

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Taking on the biggest challenges and welcoming Packetloop

From our founding more than a dozen years ago, Arbor has studied network traffic. We started as a research project at the University of Michigan, looking at routing instability on large distributed networks. This led from monitoring network traffic, and modeling it, to identifying anomalies related to DDoS attacks. With that, Arbor Networks was commercialized and the concept of wide-scale network behavior analysis was born.

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Introducing the 1st Annual Enterprise Threat Landscape Report

Research has always been a driving force behind much of what we do as a company. It’s how we were founded – out of groundbreaking research conducted at the University of Michigan. Our stable of security researchers are constantly exploring the threat landscape from a variety of angles, as you’ve no doubt seen on the ASERT blog. Our research roots is also how the annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report (WISR) originated, now in its eighth year. That report has always focused in on the issues and concerns facing our service provider customers, primarily.

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