The US Department of Defense is reporting that denial-of-service attacks are becoming more frequent and more complex. DoD is currently defending against 600 gigabytes per second attacks on internet access points. This onslaught is pushing the department to handle a one terabyte per second DDoS attack if need be. Stephanie Weagle, VP at Corero Network Security commented below.
Stephanie Weagle, VP at Corero Network Security:
“The creation of botnets relay on the inherent vulnerabilities in IoT devices, and with the thousands of IoT devices entering the market each day, the opportunity for devastation grows exponentially with each passing moment. These botnets have the ability to take down significant portions of the internet, critical infrastructure and government entities included; with simply executed commands. DDoS attacks against national infrastructure, government entities and other organizations that provide critical services have the potential to inflict significant, real-life disruption and prevent access to the services that are vital to the functioning of our economy and society. Guidance outlined in the Preliminary Report on Promoting Action Against Botnets and Other Automated Threats, provided by the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security suggest that organizations are not as cyber resilient as they should be, and must take proactive steps in deploying dedicated, real-time mitigation and visibility solutions to stay ahead of the threat.”