News broke today that the official website of Sweden’s Transport Agency (STA) came under a series of DDoS attacks on two separate days, forcing it to go offline. Stephanie Weagle, VP at Corero Network Security commented below.
Stephanie Weagle, VP at Corero Network Security:
“Critical Infrastructure Operators, like Transportation cannot leave DDoS attack protection to chance. In the reported example of DDoS attacks against Sweden’s Transport Agencies prove just how damaging a DDoS attack can be if not properly protected.
“Recent Freedom of Information data revealed that most UK critical infrastructure organisations (51%) are potentially vulnerable to these attacks, because they do not detect or mitigate short-duration surgical DDoS attacks on their networks. As a result, just 5% of these infrastructure operators admitted to experiencing DDoS attacks on their networks in the past year (to March 2017). However, if 90% of the DDoS attacks on their networks are also shorter than 30 minutes, as experienced by Corero customers, the real figure could be considerably higher.
“Without dedicated DDoS mitigation at the network edge, organisations are simply checking the compliance tick box when they rely on traditional infrastructure to solve the problem. To keep up with the growing problem of automated DDoS attacks, effective solutions need to automatically remove the threats as they occur and provide comprehensive visibility into the nature of the threat as it evolves.”