26.03.2020 - 09:01 Uhr

Neustar: DDoS Attacks Increase 180% in 2019 Compared To 2018

Neustar, Inc., a global information services and technology company and leader in identity resolution, announced that its Security Operations Center (SOC) saw a 168% increase in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in Q4 2019, compared with Q4 2018, and a 180% increase overall in 2019 vs. 2018. According to Neustar’s latest cyber threats and trends report, released today, the company saw DDoS attacks across all size categories increase in 2019, with attacks sized 5 Gbps and below seeing the largest growth. These small-scale attacks made up more than three quarters of all attacks the company mitigated on behalf of its customers in 2019.

(NISC) survey, when asked which vectors they perceived to be increasing threats during November and December 2019, senior-level cybersecurity decision-makers cited social engineering via email most frequently (59%), followed by DDoS (58%) and ransomware (56%).

Web attacks increasing
2019 saw web attacks on the rise as well. Most companies recognise the danger that slow-loading websites pose to their business and attempt to protect them with web application firewalls. In the most recent NISC survey, 98% of respondents agreed that a WAF was an essential component of their security infrastructure. However, as more and more enterprises use multiple cloud providers, often involving a mix of public and private clouds, the need for consistent security across applications and platforms is growing.

“Web attacks can be difficult to track because some variation in the performance of websites is to be expected, but they are increasingly critical for businesses to address. One survey found 45% of consumers are less likely to make a purchase when they experience a slow loading website, and 37% are less likely to return to a retailer if they experience slow loading pages,” added Joffe.

A vendor-neutral cloud WAF, coupled with DDoS protection, can eliminate a large portion of threats, allowing enterprise application experts to focus their attention on the more specialised attacks. Continuous updates from a reliable threat feed can also deliver information on bad IPs and botnet command and control (C&C) sites before they are able to damage the network.

A complimentary copy of the Neustar 2019: The Year in Review cyber threats and trends report is available here.

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About Neustar
Neustar is an information services and technology company and a leader in identity resolution providing the data and technology that enables trusted connections between companies and people at the moments that matter most. Neustar offers industry-leading solutions in Marketing, Risk, Communications, Security and Registry that responsibly connect data on people, devices and locations, continuously corroborated through billions of transactions. Neustar serves more than 8,000 clients worldwide, including 60 of the Fortune 100. Learn how your company can benefit from the power of trusted connections here: https://www.home.neustar.

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