Distributed-denial-of-service attacks are perfect weapons for cybercriminals and political adversaries, says Prolexic's Scott Hammack, who explains why any organization with an online presence should brace itself for attacks.
Cyberthreats, including distributed-denial-of-service attacks, are growing worldwide. So FS-ISAC is expanding its information sharing efforts internationally to help financial institutions counter the threats, says Bill Nelson, the organization's president.
In defending against distributed-denial-of-service attacks, enterprises must comprehend the motives of the cyber-assailant, Booz Allen Hamilton's Sedar Labarre says. He outlines how organizations should assess their risks.
A distributed-denial-of-service attack in Europe highlights the need for Internet service providers to implement security best practices to prevent future incidents and protect their users, ENISA's Thomas Haeberlen says.
Breach statistics for 2012 show DDoS attacks dramatically increased in all sectors, says Verizon's Dave Ostertag. "If your organization, company or agency has a presence on the Internet, you're a potential victim now."
In this exclusive interview, Tim Horton of First Data explains how the nation's largest credit card processor is helping financial institutions and merchants mitigate risks posed by malware and DDoS attacks.
Dan Holden is among the DDoS experts saying banks should expect hacktivist attacks to resume soon. "It may not be next week, but I would be surprised if we did not see attacks resume the week after that."
Mark Weatherford, who recently stepped down as DHS deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity, says that although planned OpUSA DDoS attacks may initially be a nuisance, they represent a genuine long-term threat to the government.
If the hacking community judges the planned OpUSA cyber-attack a success, it could spur more nefarious actors to try more vicious disruptions of U.S. websites, a Department of Homeland Security alert says.
In assessing the risk of a distributed-denial-of service attack, organizations must think beyond shoring up systems' perimeters and concentrate on analyzing cyberthreat intelligence, Booz Allen Hamilton's Sedar Labarre says.