Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 47 | Page 19

LATEST INTELLIGENCE Not only were some attacks in 2016 massive in size, but many others leveraged short multivector attacks used to cause a diversion against another real threat (typically ransomware but potentially a diversion from network exploitation or data exfiltration). Because of the effectiveness of DDoS attacks, vendors saw an increased interest in DDoS solutions. The motives for DDoS attacks continue to vary, and industry research shows they may be motivated by malice, political reasons, financial gain, or the theft of intellectual property. 2018 continues to prove that any organization regardless of size, location, or vertical is a potential victim of a DDoS attack. Thus, the DDoS market will continue to require solutions that are dynamic and evolving and are able to address attacks that are frequent, large in volume, sophisticated, and variable, using volume and application flaws to overwhelm targets. In the past, DDoS attacks were typically full- on floods of malicious communications that overwhelmed a network, causing outages, loss of business, and expensive mitigation. But today, the increased number of IoT devices with inherent weaknesses and the introduction of the Mirai botnet source code and the Mirai derivatives like Reaper and Satori has fueled the attack surface, causing organizations to look for modern DDoS solutions. n Download whitepapers free from INTELLIGENTCIO 19