Nexusguard Releases 2012/2013 APAC Region DDoS Trends Report

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Nexusguard released its 2012 DDoS trends report for the APAC region, “DDoS Trending Report - 2012/13 APAC Perspective.” It covers findings from its own research regarding DDoS trends in the APAC region in 2012 and proposes new technology that can combat increasingly sophisticated attacks.

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Nexusguard released its 2012 DDoS trends report for the APAC region, “DDoS Trending Report - 2012/13 APAC Perspective.” It covers findings from its own research regarding DDoS trends in the APAC region in 2012 and proposes new technology that can combat increasingly sophisticated attacks.

Nexusguard researched its APAC region DDoS mitigation data and released its findings in a report, “DDoS Trending Report - 2012/2013 APAC Perspective.” The report covers common targets of attacks, the nature of attackers and types of attacks. The report closes by proposing a next-generation DDoS defense strategy that is capable of protecting enterprises from increasingly sophisticated attacks.

It is clear that no sector is safe—banks, government organizations, private companies and non-profits were all targets of attack in 2012. Besides online commerce platforms being attacked for criminal reasons, government organizations were also often targeted by “hacktivists” for political or ideological reasons, as seen in the recent “DDoS war” between Taiwanese and Philippine hackers (DDoS Alert: Taiwan and the Philippines Exchanging Digital Blows).

Furthermore, the rapid increase in bandwidth has lead to new heights in traffic flooding—in 2012, a volumetric attack almost took down the entire Internet. However, large-scale attacks are relatively simple to detect and intercept, which is why attackers began developing more effective techniques: from web shell attacks to layer 4 attacks to layer 7 attacks. Even mobile devices are being used to launch attacks.

These new types of attacks are highly effective, but require attackers to conduct additional investigation and scanning. Anti-DDoS specialists have long attempted to spot these signs and form a first line of defense. In some cases, vulnerability and port scanning has a pattern that can be captured by monitoring systems. However, this task is not unlike trying to find a needle in a haystack. In general, DDoS mitigation is a passive and reactive, while can constantly change their behavior patterns and attack methods to evade detection.

With cloud-based DDoS defense, enterprises now have tools that help them stay one step ahead of attackers. Through big data analysis, enterprises can analyze customer data, process historical records and real-time data, view website visitor data, authenticate identities, and report and monitor in real time. Nexusguard believes enterprises should proactively secure their networks and systems to effectively defend against DDoS attacks.

The report closes with three predictions for DDoS trends in the APAC region:
1. Your infrastructure is not safe.
2. APIs need to be protected.
3. Mobile DDoS botnets pose a new threat.

Looking at these targeted DDoS attacks, it is clear that although attacks may differ in regions, motives and methods, the continuous evolution of DDoS attacks requires more effective mitigation technology. Defense strategies must evolve as well, with shorter response times and quicker iterations of techniques. Nexusguard is constantly monitoring the latest DDoS attacks and developing next-generation DDoS mitigation technology. The full report can be downloaded at http://www.nexusguard.com/research.htm .

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