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Trick or Treat? – 4 Spooky DDoS Attack Facts for Cybersecurity Awareness Month


Cybersecurity villains, goblins, and ghosts are putting in overtime as more and more organizations recognize National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, hoping to scare away workplace horrors in the late-night hours.

In our DDoS eBook, we revealed key insights about this type of cyberattack and what business owners can expect when a fantastic beast arrives at their doorstep.

We’ve summarized these four spooky facts to give you insight on the terrors you may encounter this season!

1. Nightmare on Vulnerable Street

Did you know that our education sector customers experienced the most DDoS attacks compared to other industries in the first half of 2022? Schools have to consider that even Internet-savvy students can disrupt systems since an attack can be purchased for as little as $10. Watch out for those cute costume disguises!

2. IT Budget-sucking Vampires

What’s even scarier than the actual cyberattack is the average cost to clean up the bloody mess at $200,000 per DDoS attack. More than 88% of attacks on our customers in the first half of 2022 lasted ten minutes or less and could be the first attempt at a planned, larger attack. Don’t fuel those “IT vampires” with your sacred funds.

3. The Grim Reaper Truth

Don’t let your guard down getting amped up for a Friday night costume party, because most DDoS attacks happen during the work week from the late afternoon to the evening. The top five industries we saw hit with the largest attack sizes in the first half of 2022 were telecom, government, cloud/SaaS, education, and HR/Staffing. Telcom accounted for over half of the top 10% of attacks in the first half of 2022.

4. Ghosts in Flight

A malevolent group of cybercriminals recently took credit for taking down the websites of major US airports by coordinating DDoS attacks. Although the attacks were just an inconvenience and didn’t halt operations for the airports, most cyberattackers don’t stop at just one attack. They should give airports enough of a fright to up their security game. Airports should heed to this omen – they can’t afford to not be protected against larger attacks that could potentially shut down operations.