AK-47’s have been around forever. The most popular and widely used assault rifles in the world. Not because they do anything advanced, but because they’re cheap, reliable, and are so easy to use that untrained fighters can wield them effectively. Much like the AK-47, DDoS attacks are not highly sophisticated, expensive, or the most “sexy” of cybercrime but they can be very effective. As 2014 came to a close, it was a record year for distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, with increases in volume and sophistication level. Researchers anticipate the upwards trend of attacks will only continue in 2015, with many businesses still underprepared to fight back against an attack.
High-profile targets such as banks, ecommerce and online storefront vendors, online gaming platforms, governments and educational establishments are generally the unfortunate marks for DDoS exploitation. However, any organization that relies on the Internet to conduct business is a potential target of attack so it is critical to implement DDoS mitigation tactics and incident response plans prior to an event.