As a global health crisis, The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a wholesale shift to remote work and distant learning that many governments and organizations are unprepared to support. And as IT departments scramble to provide access to vital applications and services, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attackers see one thing: opportunity.
From corona virus special deals being hawked on the dark web to law enforcement predictions of unprecedented cyberattack activity, it’s clear that organizations face heightened attack risk. That’s why NETSCOUT is offering Cyber Threat Horizon™, a free online tool that provides critical insights for those who care about DDoS attacks, network availability, and business continuity.
Free Global DDoS Attack Data
The unprecedented switch to remote work and learning is creating a massive strain on network, security, and application infrastructures, and even the smallest DDoS attack could affect remote user access to corporate resources. This is where Cyber Threat Horizon comes into play. Backed by anonymized data obtained from the global deployment of Arbor DDoS protection products and NETSCOUT’s Active Threat Level Analysis System (ATLAS®), Cyber Threat Horizon collects, analyzes, prioritizes, and disseminates data on past and emerging DDoS threats across the internet.
The free portal offers anyone a real-time map of global DDoS attack activity, analytics such as attack size, vectors, source and destination countries, a report of DDoS activity for the most recent month, and limited filtering capabilities.
If you register, you gain free advanced access that unlocks many more features, including:
- Historical DDoS attack data sourced from 2013 to the present, which allows analysts to look for attack trends over time.
- Yearly, quarterly, or monthly summary reports that highlight global DDoS attack activity, including attack frequencies, volume, speed, duration source, and target countries or industries.
- The ability to create and reuse an unlimited number of customized filters known as “neighborhoods.” A neighborhood allows you to analyze DDoS attack activity by country and/or industry sector.
For example, let’s say you are responsible for ensuring network uptime, availability, and business continuity for a US-based retail organization. By using the neighborhood feature in Cyber Threat Horizon, you can build a comprehensive view of how the DDoS threat landscape could impact your organization. Cyber Threat Horizon can help you understand what is happening in your geographic region or to companies within your business ecosystem, such as supply chain and channel partners and customers. With this knowledge, you can answer questions such as:
- How many DDoS attacks have targeted US retail organizations over the last few years?
- Are these attack numbers trending up or down?
- What are the most common attack sizes and vectors used against US retail organizations?
- How does this compare to other verticals in the US or the rest of the world?
It’s this level of threat awareness that enables an organization to determine its DDoS attack risk and put the appropriate level of DDoS attack protection in place.
Bienkowski is director of product marketing at NETSCOUT.