Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks have surged recently, creating a challenging operating environment for all organizations. DDoS attacks continue to threaten the ongoing operations of businesses no matter where you are located, or if you are big or small, the threat of a DDoS attack is a very real. DDoS attacks are a threat to all businesses and all industries and may result in disrupting communications and essential services, achieving financial gain through extortion, committing data theft, inflicting reputational damage, gain a competitive advantage and steal intellectual property and waging cyber warfare.
The proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT), which hit 20 billion devices in 2017 and is expected to include 75.4 billion devices by 2025, has exacerbated the DDoS threat. Most of these devices, if not all, have vulnerable web, mobile, and cloud interfaces, unprotected storage, unencrypted communications, insecure pairing procedures, and even hardcoded backdoors that make them easy targets for hackers to exploit and leverage for their own purposes.