12 DDoS Statistics That Should Concern Business Leaders

DDoS attacks are increasing not only in numbers but also in their sophistication, complexity, and duration.

Below are 12 statistics that should concern business and IT leaders, and drive them to review, implement and update their DDoS mitigation and support plans for 2017.

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  1. The frequency of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have increased more than 2.5 times over the last 3 years.
  2. The average size of DDoS attacks is increasing steadily and approaching 1 Gbps. It’s enough to take most organizations completely offline.
  3. In 2015 the top motivation behind DDoS attacks was cyber-criminals and hackers demonstrating attack capabilities. Gaming and criminal extortion attempts came in second and third place, respectively.
  4. In 2016 86% of DDoS attacks used multiple attack types. This type of attack is much more complex and difficult to defend against.
  5. DDoS attacks now account for more than 5 percent of all monthly gaming-related traffic and more than 30 percent of gaming traffic while they are occurring.
  6. Hiring a cyber-criminal to commit a DDoS is as easy as performing a quick online search, at a cost of as little as $5.00.
  7. 2016 saw a 125 percent increase in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks year over year, and that number is increasing.
  8. Anyone business or organization can become a victim at any time. Your industry doesn’t matter.
  9. The primary goal of a DDoS attack is to slow down or crash a website. However; the real damage may actually occur after the attack with a loss in consumer trust and confidence.
  10. According to a recent security survey, 32 percent of serious DDoS attacks coincided with a network intrusion.
  11. A DDoS attack on your business or organization can last anywhere from a few hours to several days, rendering your website and network inoperable during that time.
  12. The cost of a DDoS attack according to recent security surveys averages between $20,000 – $40,000 per hour.