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…

Four steps for avoiding the dreaded triple cyberextortion attack

This article was originally featured on the NETSCOUT blog. To read the original piece in its entirety, click HERE. Today’s more sophisticated malicious actors are constantly working to innovate and make their cyberattacks more effective. Recently, this has resulted in…

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…

The Million Dollar Ransomware Question – Should We Pay?

This article was originally published on the NETSCOUT blog. To read the original in its entirety, click HERE. Ransomware attacks are on the rise. According to one recent industry report, a company will be attacked every 11 seconds in 2021, and the costs…

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…

The “new normal” of 10M DDoS attacks demands increased vigilance

There were nearly 1.6 million more DDoS attacks in 2020 than 2019’s count of 8.5 million, illustrating that DDoS attack numbers are moving in only one direction—up. With this massive uptick in DDOS attacks – hitting more than 10 million…