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DDoS Attack: Smoke Screen or Smoke Signal?

  • ID: 3680556
  • Report
  • April 2016
  • Region: Global
  • 12 Pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Heightened Risks Require Strategic Adjustments
Where there is smoke, there is fire. Businesses must recognize DDoS attacks for the data security threat that they are, instead of the simple nuisances of earlier years. In this insight, Stratecast |Frost & Sullivan details the growing threat from smoke screen DDoS attacks, and offers business leaders recommendations for properly understanding DDoS risk in a cyber security context.

A smoke screen attack refers to the use of a DDoS attack as a distraction, in an attempt to conceal more surgical intrusion tactics. The “smoke” created includes holding IT staff’s time and attention, disrupting or disabling the sensors and tools used to detect or prevent an intrusion, and burying the post-attack forensic tools in a sea of network activity logs, falsified data, and misinformation.
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1. Introduction

2. Smoke Screen Attacks Introduce Heightened DDoS Risk Levels

3. Smoke Screen DDoS Risk Requires Strategic Adjustments

4. Recommendations for More Complete Assessments of DDoS Risk
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