Complacency about DDoS Attacks Puts Firms at Risk

A survey shows complacency about DDoS attacks is putting businesses at risk.

The survey by F5 Networks at Infosecurity Europe 2015 in London revealed investment into DDoS protection is relatively low.

Despite 60% of respondents saying they are worried about DDoS attacks and 39% admitting it is likely their organisation has already been targeted, attention is turning to application data breaches, network attacks and malware.

Almost 40% of the organisations who were questioned in the survey are using a firewall to protect against DDoS attacks, with web application firewalls preferred by 26% of respondents, but investment in specific DDoS protection scored much lower.

The survey also revealed that the evolving technology landscape is making security more challenging. 76% of respondents said cloud computing and increased use of mobile devices for work purposes made it difficult to maintain consistent security policies.

Respondents are however still looking to innovate and take on board a number of opportunities to drive efficiencies in their business.

More than a quarter of respondents are looking to use software defined networking technologies in their data centres in the near future, however 20% believe an SDN environment is more vulnerable to attack.

According to the survey, the top three security concerns are vulnerabilities and bugs in the applications, the exploitation of centralised controllers and the development and deployment of malicious applications on controllers.

Findings from the report also showed that 52% of respondents are concerned about the planned Investigatory Powers Bill. Gary Newe, technical director of UK, Ireland and Sub-Saharan Africa at F5 said it is not surprising the security community is about IoT and the Investigatory Powers Bill.

He added: "The respondents are at the front line in protecting enterprises against external threats and in modernising IT infrastructure for an evermore connected world. There is still a great deal of uncertainty in these areas, and it will be crucial for the government and business community, including their security teams, to engage in the debates about the roll-out of both."

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