According to a new report, denial-of-service attacks rose by a staggering 170 percent last year, and corporations need to learn how to better defend themselves. Read More ..
Corporations are increasingly under fire from the rapidly rising threat of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, according to new research from security firm Radware.
The study notes that DDoS attacks on corporations rose 170 percent in 2012 over the previous year.
After analyzing data from a number of security breaches and responses from 179 participating firms, Radware said that many corporations can be compared to "someone who brings a knife to a gun fight." In other words, businesses are attempting to protect themselves from cyberattacks but often fail because they are unprepared.
A number of trends point toward a critical blind spot: few businesses have the resources or protection in place to withstand long-term, drawn-out cyberattacks, which is a key element that many hackers exploit.
Avi Chesla, chief technology officer at Radware, said the security firm has studied hundreds of DoS/DDoS attacks and found that "attacks lasting more than one week have doubled in frequency during 2012."