A Steady State Of Threats In The Connected World
In the summer of 2016, Neustar commissioned a global, independent research study of 1,002 directors, managers, CISOs, CSOs, CTOs, and other c-suite executives to find out how distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are affecting them, and what precautions they’re taking to mitigate the threat. The respondents represent diverse industries such as technology (18%), financial (14%), retail (12%), and government (7%).
In order to provide a true and global picture of DDoS’ lethality in a connected world, we surveyed participants across all six habitable continents and categorized their responses into three distinct regions. The regions include: North America, Europe and the Middle East (EMEA), and Asia-Pacific (APAC). The research is conducted bi-annually in order to track and highlight changing trends in the DDoS market.
Nearly half, 49% of the organizations researched, reported annual revenues from $100M to $1B per year. On the large enterprise side of the equation, 30% claim $1 billion or more in annual revenue. Further clarifying the risk picture relative to revenue, nearly half of the respondents from this cross-section of organizations, 49%, stated that at least $100,000 per hour is at risk during peak revenue generation periods.
The findings reflect a DDoS landscape that remains teeming with consistent and relentless attacks. Despite the steady number of organizations affected by DDoS, respondents are reporting increased encounters with malware, and now ransomware, in conjunction with DDoS attacks. These types of activities are known as “smokescreens” because the DDoS attack seeks to divert attention while a more sinister plot is carried out.