As the total number of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks in the last quarter of 2022 hit an all-time increase of 52 percent, representing 4.5 times more than the same time the previous year, Kaspersky has decided to recommend five bold steps that can be taken.
The steps are:
- Maintain web resource operations by assigning specialists who understand how to respond to DDoS attacks.
- Validate third-party agreements and contact information, including those made with internet service providers. This helps teams quickly access agreements in case of an attack.
- Implement professional solutions to safeguard your organisation against DDoS attacks. For example, Kaspersky DDoS Protection combines Kaspersky’s extensive expertise in combating cyber threats and the company’s unique in-house developments.
- It’s important to know your traffic. It’s a good option to use network and application monitoring tools to identify traffic trends and tendencies. By understanding your company’s typical traffic patterns and characteristics, you can establish a baseline to more easily identify unusual activity that is symptomatic of a DDoS attack.
- Have a restrictive Plan B defensive posture ready to go. Be in a position to rapidly restore business-critical services in the face of a DDoS attack.
According to the cybersecurity company, the volume of the DDoS market is inversely proportional to the cryptocurrency market. This is due to the capacity for organising DDoS and cryptocurrency mining being interchangeable – botnet owners tend to redirect the power to mining when the cryptocurrency grows and to DDoS when it falls. This is exactly what we observed in the fourth quarter, an increase in the number of DDoS attacks against the backdrop of a sharp drop in the value of cryptocurrencies.