Spotlight on DDoS

By , ITworld |  Security, DDOS

Three years ago I would have called DDoS a nuisance. Now it is a threat to many more businesses

Vann Abernethy, NSFOCUS

DDoS by the numbers

18.2% CAGR & $870 million -- The worldwide market for DDoS prevention solutions (including products and services) will grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.2% from 2012 through 2017 and reach $870 million. (Source: IDC)

48.25 Gbps -- In Q1 2013, average attack bandwidth totaled 48.25 Gbps, a 718 percent increase compared with the previous quarter. (Source: Prolexic)

25% -- Twenty-five percent of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that occur in 2013 will be application-based (Source: Gartner)

$5 -- An hour of DDOS as a service can be bought for just $5. A day (24 hours) of DDOS goes for $40 and a week for $260. (Source:

China, U.S., Germany, Iran -- The top source countries for DDOS attacks in Q1 2013. (Source: ITworld)

2012 witnessed a new level of sophistication in organized attacks against enterprises across the globe, and they will grow in sophistication and effectiveness in 2013

Avivah Litan, Gartner

DDoS in depth

Shorter, higher-speed DDoS attacks on the rise
Almost half of the distributed denial-of-service attacks monitored in a threat system set up by Arbor Networks now reach speeds of over 1Gbps. That's up 13.5% from last year, while the portion of DDoS attacks over 10Gbps increased about 41% in the same period, Arbor says.

DDOS attacks have increased in number and size this year, report says
The average bandwidth of DDOS attacks increased eightfold during the first three months of 2013, according to Prolexic

The DDoS attack survival guide, 2013 edition
How botnets and application vulnerabilities have made DDoS attacks more damaging than ever before, and what you can do to fight back.

4 ways to prepare for and fend off DDoS attacks
Distributed Denial of Service events and other cyber-attacks are an unfortunate inevitability of doing business on the Web today. The four steps presented here will help your company prepare for and respond to a DDoS attack.

The new DDoS: Silent, organized and profitable
Depending on how unscrupulous your business practices are, a denial-of-service attack can give you a competitive advantage. From keeping competitors offline to engaging in outright extortion, there are organizations (some more obviously criminal than others) now using DDoS attacks to make big money.

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