IT Security Pros and Network Operators More Concerned About DDoS Attacks in 2017

DDoS attacks are a greater security threat to businesses in 2017 than ever before, and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) need to do something about it according to a new survey of IT security professionals and network operators released by Corero Network Security (LSE:CNS).

The annual study, the Corero DDoS Impact Survey 2017, polled top technology decision makers and security experts at the 2017 RSA Security Conference last month in San Francisco, CA. This year’s survey found that the majority (56 percent) of the nearly 100 respondents view DDoS attacks as greater and graver concern in 2017 than in previous years.

This elevation of risk comes at a time when DDoS attacks continue to increase in frequency, scale and sophistication over the last year. 31 percent of IT security professional and network operators polled in this year’s survey experienced more DDoS attacks than usual in recent months, with 40 percent now experiencing attacks on a monthly, weekly or even daily basis. To alleviate this problem, 85 percent are now demanding additional help from their ISPs to block DDoS traffic before it reaches them.

“Organizations that once had DDoS protection projects on the back burner are now re-prioritizing their security strategies to place DDoS mitigation at the forefront in 2017. As new, large scale attacks have come online leveraging IoT devices, the DDoS threat has become top of mind for CISOs. This shift in precedence puts increased pressure on Internet and cloud providers to enable this protection for their customers, and eliminate DDoS threats closer to the source.” said Rob Ayoub, Research Director at IDC.

Ashley Stephenson, CEO at Corero Network Security, said, “ISPs have long carried the burden of defending their own network against DDoS attacks, but as the threat landscape has changed, so must their response. Providers will likely find themselves at an important crossroads during the next year, as pressure builds on them from both customers…

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