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Recent Survey by US Signal reveals that DDoS Attacks Still Plague 83 Percent of Organizations

US Signal, recently released its 2019 State of Web and DDoS Attacks survey. The study revealed several staggering statistics of the how DDoS attacks are still impacting organizations-83 percent have experienced an attack within the last two years. The study, which was formed of data derived from over 100 IT decision makers in U.S.-based companies with up to 750 employees, went on to reveal that more than half of organizations that had experienced a DDoS attack within the last two years had actually experienced multiple.

The majority of these organizations also stated that, on average, a DDoS attack caused 12 hours of downtime, and a further 30 percent said that it caused around 20 hours of downtime. These periods of downtime have major negative impacts on companies. More than a third of those surveyed considered revenue loss the most dire consequence caused by DDoS attacks. Other impacts reported by respondents included a decrease in IT staff productivity (34 percent) and reputational damage (20 percent). Despite this, 17 percent of the respondents did not have, or were not sure if they had a DDoS protection provider or tool.

The survey also showed that 81 percent of respondents had experienced a cyberattack on their web applications in the past two years, and nearly half experienced several cyberattacks. It went on to discover that the average financial impact of affected companies' most recent cyberattacks totaled to approximately $152,000. Despite this, 91 percent of respondents still consider their website and application security performance to be satisfactory, with nearly 3 in 5 saying it's highly satisfactory.

"The number of respondents that have experienced DDoS and application attacks is jarring, demonstrating that there is always room for improvement in keeping up with modern cyberthreats. While the survey showed that there is a clear culture of investing in IT security solutions across organizations, there seems to be a need for more robust security tools and managed services to help resource-strapped technical teams," said Trevor Bidle, vice president of Information Security and compliance officer, US Signal. "The reputational and financial damage that an online attack can cause a company is immense, and we hope security vendors and service providers can use this data to enhance their offerings and further protect their customers' websites and applications."

Many organizations are combating these attacks by turning to managed service providers to help apply and supervisor a mixture of cybersecurity technologies. Many of these security solutions include a combination of cloud-based firewalls (73 percent), DDoS protection (71 percent) and email security (62 percent). Additionally, 97 percent stated that they regularly scan and test for vulnerabilities within their web applications.

The full 2019 State of Web and DDoS Attacks survey findings can be found at: https://ussignal.com/ddos-survey-2019.

Published Thursday, July 25, 2019 9:48 AM by David Marshall
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