Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have been threatening organisations across the globe in recent years, damaging corporate reputations and causing down time that has inconvenienced customers at best and crippled businesses at worst. 2016 was marked by the rise of massive Internet of Things (IoT) fuelled volumetric attacks surpassing 1Tbps, while 2017 has seen the size, complexity and sophistication of attacks increase, typically leveraging DDoS attacks to steal valuable information or raise a ransom.
According to the findings of the October 2017 Neustar Global DDos Attacks & Cyber Security Insights Report, more than eight in ten organisations surveyed globally have been attacked at least once in the previous 12 months (an increase of 15% since 2016). Furthermore, 81% of those attacked were hit more than once.
Despite knowing the threats, companies are still struggling to detect and respond to DDoS attacks effectively and efficiently. In fact, 36% of respondents globally were only alerted to a DDoS attack by customers, a major embarrassment for their brands. This figure is up from 29% in 2016.