There is one statement about that has been written since the dawn of network security; and written in various ways and will likely remain true for many years to come:  “The number, intensity, and sophistication of cyberattacks increased dramatically last year, and will only continue to grow.”

In fact, according to the Online Trust Alliance, the number of cyberattacks targeting businesses nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017. And except for a couple of anomalies in 2009 and 2011, the number of data breaches and exposed records has risen every year since 2005.

Understanding the reality

Today’s most virulent threats come in the form of a so-called “brute-force” – distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks—by far the most reported types of incursions according to the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. The number of DDoS attacks reached an all-time high in 2017. A total of 7.5 million DDoS attacks were reported during the year, with 57% of enterprises and 45% of data center operators experiencing saturated bandwidth from DDoS.

Overcoming and subduing these new threats require more sophisticated, tenacious, and comprehensive integrated solutions. To be resilient to attack in today’s increasingly dynamic risk landscape, we strongly recommend that organizations focus on protecting every layer of their infrastructure – from bits to applications. This requires top-to-bottom coordination across the entire network architecture and across on-premises (physical), colocation data centers (hybrid), and cloud (virtual) environments. Whether they choose to run their network security initiatives on their own or employ the expertise of a managed services provider, all enterprises require an integrated security incident management plan that includes:

Threat detection and active monitoring
Intrusion detection systems
Log management and monitoring
Cloud access security brokerage (CASB)
Next-generation firewalls
DDoS protection

It is also important to remember that while cloud providers offer some levels of security, an organization’s cloud data is seldom secure on its own. More than ever, enterprises must focus on where their IT assets fit into their overall risk platform and embrace the idea that comprehensive protection reaches across every infrastructure layer. To meet those challenges, we propose that enterprises take the P-D-C approach – Protect, Detect and Correct:

  • Protect entire networks
  • Detect incidents and threats
  • Correct infrastructure gaps

The impact of a security breach and outages can be crippling to the successful operations of an enterprise.  From recovering from data loss, a damaged reputation, and business interruption, the costs can often be massive and sometimes can take down an enterprise.  So, how do you protect against a massive DDoS attack?  It takes a comprehensive suite of solutions to accommodate the complexities of your layered security architecture.

Download our whitepaper and learn why it is important to protect every layer of your IT infrastructure. Understand the coordination that must exist up and down the network architecture and across on-premises (physical), colocation data centers (hybrid), and cloud (virtual) environments.