Research commissioned by Corero Network Security has indicated that businesses are increasingly concerned about the impact of a targeted Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. Of respondents, 41 percent of IT managers were ‘highly’ or ‘extremely’ concerned about being the victim of an attack. This figure had grown from 29 per cent in 2012. The survey compared attitudes over the last two years among 100 mid- to large-sized UK enterprises. Results also indicated that the number of UK organisations experiencing attacks year-on-year had climbed to 25 per cent in 2013 from 18 per cent during the previous period. IT managers in the financial sector were particularly concerned, with 56 per cent claiming a ‘high’ or ‘extreme’ level of concern; the similar figure for last year was 28 per cent. With regard to protection, 31 per cent said they had specialised anti-DDoS technology in place, while 36 per cent stated that they were relying solely on their firewalls to protect them against DDoS attacks, and did not intend to augment their protection. A further 24 per cent of respondents said they had a firewall in place but intended to purchase specific anti-DDoS technology. Another major change over last year’s survey was the perceived motivation for attacks. In 2012 political motives were most commonly cited by 33 per cent of respondents, while in 2013 36 per cent of respondents thought attacks were carried out purely as a form of malicious entertainment. The retail and financial sector viewed financial extortion as the main motivation behind the attacks, while the manufacturing sector unanimously blamed political reasons. The survey highlighted increased sophistication of attacks, as 33 per cent were application layer DDoS attacks, 37 per cent volumetric attacks and 30 per cent were other targeted or zero day attacks.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.