Cybersecurity Awareness 2021: Rethinking Risk in the Wake of DDoS Extortion

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Tony Lauro, Director of Security Technology & Strategy, Akamai

About this talk

Your risk of a DDoS attack changed significantly since 2020, mostly driven by the largest global extortion campaign ever launched. Unlike other extortion activity from years past, where there was little follow-through on the actual threat, recent show-of-force attacks reached 500+ Gbps — a clear sign of highly capable and motivated threat actors. The extortion campaign signaled a notable shift in targeted verticals, with attackers expanding beyond commonly hit industries like finance, catching many organizations off guard and left scrambling for protection. With DDoS attackers more unpredictable, determined, and incented by extortion than ever before, it’s time to rethink DDoS defenses. Walk away with: - An understanding of the evolution of DDoS extortion - The ramifications on current security postures - The latest best practices to fight back and reduce your risk

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