DDoS attack incidents saw a 147.63% year-on-year growth, according to CDNetworks’s State of the Web Security for H1 2020. The report states that distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), web application, bot, and other attacks have surged exponentially compared to the first half of 2019.
Attacks are increasing in all types
All types of attacks continued to increase. New web application methodologies, from network security to cloud security, expose new attack surfaces, the boundary of security protection continues to expand with them. Attacks on web applications rose by 800%. This means that enterprises are experiencing challenging times in their attempts to defend against cyber-attacks and protect their online assets.
Highlights of the report:
- On average, 660 bot attack incidents were blocked every second, a number that is nearly doubled from last year.
- Over 4.2 billion web application attacks were blocked in H1, a figure that is 8 times higher than the same period in 2019.
Public sectors are under threat
Hackers are extremely sensitive to industry transformation. Thus, during the COVID-19 process, hackers move attacks from less-visited sites such as those related to hospitality, transportation, and other travel-related businesses and redirect their attention to sites that are profiting under COVID-19 such as media, public services, and education.
E-government and digital public service systems are also sources for hackers due to the sensitive and valuable information these systems hold. The statistics also shows that attacks against public sectors will continue with increasing virulence.
With the evolution of 5G networks, edge computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things, companies should move software-defined security from conventional security.