Following the string of unprecedented high-profile DDoS attacks last year, the first quarter of 2017 has been quieter in comparison. A 23% decrease in the number of attacks was detected January through March, but the average peak attack size increased by 26%, compared to the numbers posted in Q4 2016. This shows that Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attacks continue to be complex and unpredictable, and Q1 2017 proves just how random yet pervasive these attacks can be.
Furthermore, the largest DDoS attack during the first quarter generated volume over 120 Gbps, lasting more than 15 hours, and 57% of DDoS attacks used multiple attack vectors, while the IT industry and the financial sector are the most targeted. The conclusion is simple: with attacks increasing in number and complexity, your business could be at risk.
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