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Network operators plagued by APTs, DDoS attacks

More than 70% of operating data centres reported DDoS attacks this year.

Network operators plagued by APTs, DDoS attacks
10% of data centres saw more than 100 attacks per month

There has been a 36% increase in organisations targeted by advanced persistent threats (APTs), according to findings from Arbor Networks' ninth Annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report, released last month.

The aim of the report was to provide a real-world view of the security threats that network operators face, as well as the strategies that they adopt to address these threats. The report is based on survey data provided by service provider, enterprise, cloud, hosting and other network operators from around the world.

The report said that the proportion of respondents seeing APTs on their networks has increased from 22% to 30%, year over year. Meanwhile, respondents ranked botted hosts as their number-one concern.

Mahmoud Samy, Area Head, Arbor Networks, said that the Middle East could be significantly at risk in light of these findings, despite the globalised nature of the threat landscape.

"These threats, as we all know, have no geographical boundaries and regional organisations are as susceptible to these attacks as businesses across the globe. In fact, given that the economy in the region is on the upturn and IT security measures are not as developed as in the mature markets, the region presents a greater opportunity for cyber-criminals," he said.

It was also reported that DDoS attacks against mobile networks have more than doubled over the past year. Nearly a quarter of respondents offering mobile services indicated that they have seen DDoS attacks impacting their mobile internet infrastructures. And more than 20% offering mobile services indicated that they have suffered a customer-visible outage due to a security incident, the report said.

DDoS not only increased in number, but also in size. Throughout the survey's history, the largest reported attack has been 100 Gbps. This year, however, attacks peaked at 309 Gbps, with multiple respondents reporting attacks larger than 100 Gbps.

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