February 13, 2018

How to Prevent Attacks from Cyber Criminals on Holidays

As the New Year gets into full swing, it seems that the festive joy has not yet dissipated. However, no matter how much fun you have had, never let your guard down when it comes to protecting your digital assets and network resources.


Beware, cybercriminals are always on the prowl for opportunities to launch a DDoS attack on your website, cripple your network and steal confidential data, especially when you are on a holiday.


As holidays present the perfect timing for burglars to break into and vandalize a home, it's pretty much the same for cybercriminals. Moreover, as holidays are also the peak season for many online businesses, like shopping, gaming or others, it creates the perfect “window of opportunity” for attackers to maximize the impact of their strikes.


The total number of DDoS attacks observed in Q1 of 2017 was more than double the number in the final quarter of 2016. Well, it is no surprise that the Chinese New Year was the golden time to launch DDoS attacks when most IT security staffs of Asian companies were off their job.


What’s more surprising is that attackers were even more aggressive on the Valentine’s Day. It was during those 24 hours when a record-breaking attack peaking at 275.77 Gbps in size was logged.


Additionally, it is evident that DDoS attacks now last longer while also being stealthier and more complex than ever. However, with Nexusguard watching your back, just enjoy your next vacation to the fullest, without worrying about third-party intruders overwhelming your servers with spam traffic.

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