AT&T has reported a 62% increase in the number of Distributed Denial of Service attacks, or attacks that disrupted company operations, over the past 2 years. These statistics were released in their new Cybersecurity Insights Report titled “What Every CEO Needs to Know About Cybersecurity – Decoding the Adversary” on a variety of issues including IoT, insider and outsider threats. Security expert from Imperva and STEALTHbits have the following comments.

[su_note note_color=”#ffffcc” text_color=”#00000″]Jeff Hill, Channel Marketing Manager for STEALTHbits Technologies :

“The new AT&T report delivers more evidence that cyber security mindshare is rapidly climbing the corporate ladder, and is now knocking on the door of the Board room.

No longer a corporate afterthought and a priority only to a couple of IT guys in the basement, enterprise leaders are quickly appreciating how high the stakes are in the battle against sensitive data theft, either from external bad actors, or careless or malicious insiders.

Company reputation, competitiveness, customer confidence, and, ultimately, financial health, all can be negatively impacted by a damaging breach. That unsettling reality is finally catching the attention of corporate leaders who can do something about it.”[/su_note]

[su_note note_color=”#ffffcc” text_color=”#00000″]Igal Zeifman Senior Digital Strategist at Imperva :

“These numbers are inline with what we see on our network. Specifically, we saw double the number of attacks, accounting for a 116% increase in the number of daily attacks on our clients, just in the last three months. We also noticed that, in this period, the attacks grew shorter in duration.

Looking at both data sets, we think that the influx in the number of attack is a result of two different trends. The first is a growing adoption of hit-and-run DDoS tactics, with more perpetrators preferring to launch multiple periodic attacks to a single prolonged assault. The second is an increase in popularity of DDoS-for-hire tools that allow anyone to launch a short-living DDoS attack for a laughable cost.”[/su_note]

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