DDoS attacks made headlines in 2016 in part because of the new twist of IoT devices such as security cameras and consumer gadgets being roped into botnets.
DDoS is likely to remain in the headlines for 2017 because they are relatively simple to launch, and have a variety of uses, including extortion schemes, revenge, or as a sort of heavy bombardment that sews chaos and confusion while a more targeted intrusion is executed against the victim.
We asked readers of the Packet Pushers Human Infrastructure newsletter if they are concerned about DDoS attacks against their companies, and whether they’re prepared.
A plurality, 31%, are both concerned and believe they are prepared for such an attack. Another 27% are worried about DDoS, but aren’t ready.
For 19%, they’re aware that they could be hit by a DDoS attack, but other priorities are of greater concern. Fifteen percent don’t believe they’re a target, and 8% say “It’s complicated.”
I would love to ask the respondents who say they are ready just what preparations they have in place, and whether they’ve been tested. Maybe that’s a follow-up question for another survey.
If you’d like to subscribe to Human Infrastructure, the link is here. It’s free, it shows up twice a month, and we never share your details with anyone else.