Three DDoS Lessons Learned from the 2H 2021 Threat Intel Report

NETSCOUT recently released the latest installment of its Threat Intelligence Report, which features the insights and information extrapolated from the data generated by NETSCOUT ASERT in their work defending the networks of government agencies and large enterprises from DDoS atatcks.…

How to spare your agency’s VPN from a DDoS attack

With National Cybersecurity Month continuing in earnest, there continue to be many excellent conversations on how to best create and maintain a robust cybersecurity policy. A key concern that has taken on new importance during the COVID-19 pandemic is the…

Why a firewall, alone, won’t protect your network from DDoS attacks

In a recent interview with the GovCyberHub, NETSCOUT’s Richard Hummel spoke about the common misconception that firewalls protect federal government agencies’ networks against DDoS cyberattacks. He explained that, “Firewalls do little to protect against a DDoS attack and are designed…

Three Ways to Test Government Networks for DDoS Resiliency

This article was originally published on the NETSCOUT blog. Click HERE to read the original article in its entirety.Although distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks have been around for more than 20 years, they remain something of a moving target as cybercriminals regularly discover…

2020 broke DDoS attack records and 2021 is on track to break even more

Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced federal government agencies and military organizations to fundamentally shift how they operate. As the COVID-19 pandemic reached our shores and began spreading, federal civilian and military organizations were forced to rush to embrace VPNs,…

When breaking records goes bad – Threat Intelligence Report shows unprecedented uptick in DDoS attacks

With the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo postponed because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, people around the globe lost out on the opportunity to see records broken in amazing, athletic displays of human potential, drive, and spirit. But while…

Five ways to protect your VPN gateway from DDoS attacks

It’s already difficult to remember when working from home wasn’t the practice for many workers. As this new reality set in, organizations of all stripes had to increasingly rely on their network connectivity to continue business-as-usual activities. According to a McKinsey survey…

The Plex DDoS Attack – Isolated Incident or Part of a Larger DDoS Trend?

In our last article on the GovCyberHub, we featured the first part of our two-part Q&A series with Roland Dobbins, a Principal Engineer on NETSCOUT’s ASERT Team who is Netscout’s foremost DDoS subject-matter expert and is one of the top…

Anatomy of a DDoS Attack – the Plex Media Server Reflection/Amplification Attacks

Earlier this year, NETSCOUT announced that it had identified a new attack vector that was being leveraged to launch DDoS attacks across the public Internet. The vector was a protocol incorporated into the Plex Media Server (Plex) application that –…

Five Steps for Protecting Networks from DDoS Extortion

This article is part of a larger piece that recently ran on the NETSCOUT blog. Click HERE to read the original article in its entirety. DDoS extortion attacks are on the rise and raise the risk profile for organizations that…