Intelligent Tech Channels Issue 52 - Page 13

A10 Networks ’ Threat Research detects and tracks origins of DDoS weapons
Organisations increasingly employ zero trust principles to protect digital infrastructure .

It is well-reported that the pandemic caused a spike in cyberattacks , including malware , ransomware and DDoS attacks .

Threat actors have sought to disrupt not only services people rely on everyday like healthcare , education and financial but also critical infrastructure , like food supply chains , utilities and government agencies . Correspondingly , there has been a dramatic increase in the weapons that can be used to launch these attacks . In the 2H 2021 reporting period , A10 Networks security research team tracked over 15.4 million DDoS weapons in 2021 .
Recently , A10 Networks ’ threat intelligence detailed the use of DDoS attacks to disrupt infrastructure and communications in Ukraine in February 2022 just as Russia launched its ground attack .
A10 ’ s threat intelligence research team monitored significant advances in scope and intensity of cybercrimes .
Dhrupad Trivedi , President and CEO , A10 Networks
DDoS weapons are on the rise : 15.4 million are now tracked by A10 ’ s security research team
There was an increase of over 100 %, year-over-year , of more obscure potential amplification weapons , including Apple Remote Desktop ( ARD ), which was used in the Russia-Ukraine conflict .
Attackers have leveraged the now wellknown Log4j vulnerability ; more than 75 % of Log4j scanners originated in Russia .
Recent events underscore the often-devastating impact that cyberattacks have on governments and businesses around the world .
These , and other trends , are included in the 2022 A10 Networks DDoS Threat
Report , which provides detailed insights , including the origins of DDoS activity ; the growth of DDoS weapons – the computers , servers and IoT devices that can potentially be used in DDoS attacks – and botnets ; the role of malware in the propagation of DDoS weapons and attacks ; and the steps organisations can take to protect against such activities .
Organisations must act now – Employ Zero Trust principles
On March 21 , 2022 , the Biden-Harris Administration issued guidance urging US . organisations to act quickly to protect against cyberattacks and state-sponsored cyber warfare given the on-going Russia- Ukraine conflict .
The guidance , while aimed at US-based organisations , details a sense of urgency for organisations globally to reevaluate their security posture . Employing Zero Trust principles can not only protect networks but also ensure that they are not being used to launch attacks .
A10 ’ s security-led solutions for DDoS protection , TLS / SSL inspection of encrypted traffic and application delivery security capabilities can provide identity-based and context-based Zero Trust policies for specific enforced access .
“ Recent events underscore the oftendevastating impact that cyberattacks have on governments and businesses around the world . A10 Networks tracks the origins of DDoS weapons activity , in addition to other attack vectors , to arm customers with useful threat intelligence . This is a critical component of a Zero Trust framework to help organisations better anticipate and mitigate cyberattacks , and ensure networks are not inadvertently being weaponised ,” said Dhrupad Trivedi , President and CEO of A10 Networks .
As a testament to A10 ’ s technology innovation , Frost & Sullivan recently evaluated A10 ’ s DDoS protection solutions , along with several other vendors , and awarded A10 the 2021 Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Leadership Award for Global DDoS Mitigation , for excellence in best practices .”
In addition , to further support our customers ’ cybersecurity needs and contribute to global solutions to cyberthreats , A10 recently joined the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association ( MISA ), which is an ecosystem of independent software vendors and managed security service providers that have integrated their solutions to better defend against a world of increasing threats . •