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Radware 2023 Predictions: Rise in DDoS Attacks to Create Costly Service Trade-Off for ISPs


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Rise in DDoS Attacks to Create Costly Service Trade-Off for ISPs

By Marius Baczynski, director of cloud security services for Radware

DDoS attacks increased dramatically in the third quarter of 2022. According to Radware's research, not only did the number of malicious events climb 279% compared to the third quarter of 2021, but on average the blocked volume per customer was 2.37TB compared to 1.60TB one year ago. Bearing the brunt of the incidents, service providers were among the most attacked verticals - a trend that is only expected to heat up in 2023.

In the New Year, the struggles that ISPs face in providing effective DDoS protection will be magnified not only by the increasing complexity and sophistication of modern DDoS threats, but also by the sheer size of the latest generation of volumetric DDoS attacks.

The reality is the latest generation of volumetric attacks is designed to exceed the link capacities of even the largest ISPs. When these major attacks take place, ISPs are forced to make a tough tradeoff - to stop protecting their paying customers (and therefore impact their customers' digital infrastructure) and start defending their own infrastructure in order to avoid jeopardizing their in-house services (internet connectivity, GSM, etc.). This decision creates not only a major security challenge for customers, but also a financial hurdle for ISPs. The connectivity investments ISPs are required to make to stay ahead in this capacity race only lead to ROIs that are upside down for a typical ‘clean pipe' add-on service.

Going forward to successfully mitigate attacks in a rapidly evolving threat landscape, organizations will need to up their game. Rather than relying on ISPs for DDoS defense, they will need to seek out specialized providers with a much larger global scrubbing capacity and be prepared to spend more money for higher quality protection.




Marius Baczynski is Director of Cloud Security Services at Radware. Backed by more than 20 years of experience in cyber security sales and business development, he helps enterprises design and execute their digital transformation projects. Marius works with c-level execs to identify the right cloud strategy for their business and ensure that their migration to the cloud is secure and their applications are protected.

Prior to joining Radware, Marius has served in a variety of international engineering roles at Zscaler and Cisco. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science degree from the University of Western Sydney in Australia and an MBA from Open University Business School in London.

Published Wednesday, January 25, 2023 7:36 AM by David Marshall
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