Today, governments around the world face the challenge of protecting their cyberspace as well as their physical borders.
Online presence creates a additional attack surface that can be used in coordinated attacks, such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks.
According to the presents Atlas VPN team based on Report 2021-2022 by Radware, The volume of DDoS attacks per customer targeting the government sector increased by a whopping 1,881% in 2021 compared to 2020 numbers. Meanwhile, actual attack events fell by 70%, reflecting fewer but more severe DDoS attacks indicates the sector.
Says Ruta Cizinauskaite, a cybersecurity researcher and author Atlas VPNshares her thoughts on government-targeted DDoS attacks:
“DDoS attacks are often used as one of the tools in cyber warfare with the aim of disrupting governments by making their online resources inaccessible. DDoS attacks are also used by hacktivists during political protests.”
However, DDoS attacks were not limited to the government sector in the past year. The volume of DDoS attacks per customer is aimed at the retail trade Industry skyrocketed 6,288%. Next was the healthcare Sector. DDoS attack volume per customer increased by 260%.
the research and education The sector ranks fourth on the list, with a 62% increase in DDoS attack volume in 2021, followed by Online trading and gaming with 41%. Meanwhile the technology saw a 36% increase in DDoS attack volume per customer over the past year.
While the volume of DDoS attacks has increased in most industries over the past year, finance and telecom Sectors declined. The volume of DDoS attacks decreased by 34% and 58% in the above industries, respectively.
Overall, the average attack volume per customer increased by 26%.
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