In 2023, the threat of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks is expected to become increasingly more complex as geopolitics and competition intensify. The attacks are likely to involve multi-vector DDoS tactics that target multiple layers of an application, making it harder for organizations to defend against them. Additionally, application layer attacks are becoming more frequent, allowing attackers to bypass traditional security measures and wreak havoc on corporate networks. As a result, businesses must be prepared now by having strategies in place that anticipate these threats and can effectively manage their risks.
II. DDoS Threat Trend in 2023
III. Overall Observed Events
As organizations move into 2023, they must stay vigilant against the ever-evolving threat of DDoS attacks. According to our research, DDoS threats in 2022 were up in several areas, including application layer attacks (up by 165%) and peak bandwidth (up 216% from 2020). Furthermore, the technology sector took the top spot as being the most attacked over the same period. Despite this increase in attacks, overall observed events were down by 9.7% (F5, 2023).
II. DDoS Threat Trend in 2023
Given this context, here’s what we predict for 2023:
Application Layer Attacks:
Application layer attacks are becoming increasingly popular among malicious actors because they can remain undetected longer than other attack types. We anticipate that these types of cyberattacks will continue to increase in 2023 as hackers become more sophisticated with their techniques. As such, organizations should be prepared to fend off this type of attack by ensuring their systems and applications are updated regularly and implementing robust security protocols.
Multi-vector attacks combine the network layer, application layer, and other types of malicious traffic to overwhelm targets. We anticipate an uptick in multi-vector attacks in the coming year, putting all verticals at risk. To protect themselves against these threats, organizations must invest in technology solutions and strategies for detection and response.
Geopolitics & Competition:
Geopolitics and competition have had a significant influence on the threat landscape. Organizations must take extra precautions to protect their networks from malicious actors as geopolitical tensions increase. . Similarly, when there is intense competition between organizations, some hackers may see this as an opportunity to gain a competitive edge by launching DDoS attacks against their competitors. Furthermore, cybercriminals are taking advantage of the current situation and using the latest technologies, such as artificial intelligence and automation, to launch more sophisticated cyber-attacks, which can be difficult for organizations to detect and defend against.
III. Overall Observed Events:
Despite the increases in some regions of cyberattacks, our research showed that overall observed events were down by 9.7% in 2022 (Microsoft, 2023). As these threats evolve in 2023, we anticipate a significant increase in DDoS threats. Organizations must protect themselves against cyber-attacks by implementing robust security protocols and keeping their systems current. Investing in technology solutions and strategies for detection and response will be essential for organizations that want to stay ahead of the threats resulting from geopolitics and competition. By taking these measures, organizations can ensure they are well-prepared to face the ever-evolving threat landscape of 2023.
Organizations must stay informed on the current cybersecurity trends to remain one step ahead of malicious actors. With the proper security infrastructure combined with a proactive approach, organizations can protect themselves against DDoS attacks.
In conclusion, DDoS threats are up in certain areas, and organizations need to remain vigilant and aware of malicious actors’ latest trends and techniques. Investing in technology solutions, creating robust security protocols, and implementing detection and response strategies should help protect against these threats heading further into 2023.