Radware Releases Global Security Report - Reveals New Cyber Attack Methods Uncovering Blind-Spots Unrecognized by Security

  Radware Releases Global Security Report - Reveals New Cyber Attack Methods
      Uncovering Blind-Spots Unrecognized by Security Professionals and

Server-based botnets and HTTPS layer attacks among the tactics leveraged by
hackers in some of 2012's most notorious attacks

PR Newswire

MAHWAH, New Jersey, January 22, 2013

MAHWAH, New Jersey, January 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

In the face of an ever-evolving cyber security landscape, researchers at
Radware^® (NASDAQ: RDWR), a leading provider of application delivery and
application security solutions for virtual and cloud data centers, have
identified a number of new attack methods representative of today's
increasingly sophisticated and severe distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS)
threat. Radware's 2012 Global Application and Network Security Report
highlights server-based botnets and encrypted layer attacks as just two of the
new attack tools challenging organizations during DDoS attacks. Most recently,
these tactics were leveraged by perpetrators in the attacks against U.S.
financial institutions that have been ongoing since September 2012.

Prepared by Radware's Emergency Response Team (ERT) which actively monitors
and mitigates attacks in real-time, the in-depth research report also found
that while security organizations have focused their efforts and attention on
the pre and post-phases of defense, attackers now launch prolonged attacks
that last days or weeks. This has created a vulnerable blind-spot as defenders
lack the capabilities and resources to mitigate attacks in the "during" phase
which attackers can exploit to their advantage. 

"The Radware ERT sees hundreds of DoS/DDoS attacks each year, and we've found
attacks lasting more than one week have doubled in frequency during 2012,"
says Avi Chesla, chief technology officer at Radware. Through empirical and
statistical research coupled with front-line experience, our team identified
trends that can help educate the security community.

"Through highlighting significant trends found in this report, our goal is to
provide actionable intelligence to ensure organizations can better detect and
mitigate these threats that plague their network infrastructure," adds Chesla.

Key findings from the report include:

  oServer-based botnets represent a new and more powerful order in the DDoS
    environment. The shift from single-server attacks to the use of multiple
    servers in different geographic locations has allowed attackers to quickly
    and effectively launch more powerful DDoS attacks than ever before. Just a
    few attacking servers can produce the same attack traffic as a large
    number of client botnets, with the 24/7 availability of servers allowing
    for greater reliability as well as command-and-control. In 2013, Radware
    expects this method to gain in popularity, requiring that organizations
    make sure their defense architecture can withstand these scaled up
    attacks. Although effective, several weak points are uncovered and
  oThe number of DDoS and DoS attacks lasting more than one weekdoubledin
    2012. Radware's ERT developed the Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) score
    to quantify and qualify the increasing force, sophistical and persistence
    of 2012's attacks. The numbers are staggering - with 58 percent of attacks
    scoring a 7 or higher in complexity (out of 10), as compared to just 23
    percent of attacks in 2011. In 2011, only 30% of attacks scored higher
    than a level of 3 in terms of severity, while in 2012 70% achieved a level
    of 3 or higher.
  oEncrypted layer attacks fly below the radar-and can't be ignored. In
    2012, the growing popularity of HTTPS-based attacks added a new dimension
    to the security landscape. Though conventionally associated with security
    on the web, hackers have managed to weaponize the encryption layer, using
    it to launch application-level and SSL attacks that can escape detection
    and remain hidden until its already too late. This has become an
    especially troubling phenomenon for financial services and e-commerce
    websites that rely heavily on HTTPS.
  oIn today's security environment, most organizations are bringing a knife
    to a gunfight. With some of the worlds largest institutions victimized by
    cyber attacks in 2012, the question remains as to why many of these
    organizations continue to be vulnerable. The fact remains that less than a
    quarter of all organizations surveyed invest their efforts in mitigating
    attacks as they're happening - a fact exploited by hackers. In 2013,
    Radware recommends that organizations dedicate resources to creating a
    "security war room" equipped to dynamically respond to and handle
    persistent security attacks during all phases of an attack and adopt a
    three-phased security approach.
  oThe'DIY'phenomenon. The proliferation of 'do-it-yourself' sites devoted
    to enabling hacking schemes has reached commodity market proportions. The
    supply chain includes took kits and for-hire services that are available
    to anyone with minimal coding or advanced hacking skills for as little as
    $10 for a ransomware attack tool. This has significantly reduced the
    barrier of entry for individuals or organizations to launch an attack. 

The report which doubles as a resource guide that security professionals can
easily reference also features recommendations that organizations can adopt to
safeguard themselves against emerging attack trends and techniques. Chief
among these recommendations are:

  oHow to Stop Sophisticated Attack Campaigns. Organizations usually
    administer a two-phase "pre and post" attack security approach as their
    defense strategy. Sophisticated campaigns can only be eradicated by
    setting a third-phase security approach during the attack. A cadre of
    external "on-demand" force multiplier teams who can dynamically respond
    and employ tactics to mitigate future attacks needs to be implemented by
    an organization. A typical, persistent DDoS attack requires no less than 9
    security engineers for sufficient defense.  
  oExamination Lines of Defense. Mitigation may have improved, but this has
    also pushed attackers to invest in finding the weak links in lines of
    defense. Organizations should ensure that their line of defense is
    comprehensive. As part of this, a mitigation checklist must be completed,
    with any missing elements in to be addressed.
  oCarefully Consider Network Architecture. To be effective, a DoS / DDoS
    mitigation solution must be placed before most of the network elements in
    the path, which is not the traditional deployment. Additionally, if a
    content delivery network (CDN) is the primary DDoS mitigation solution,
    ensure you complement it with a customer premise equipment (CPE) solution
    for optimal protection.

To download the complete 2012 Global Network & Application Security Report,
which includes the ERT's recommendations for how organizations can best
prepare for mitigating cyber threats in 2013, please visit

Additional Resources

ERT Video: Matthew Andriani, ERT Specialist discusses APT Scoring

ERT Video: Ziv Gadot, ERT Team Leader discusses how to stop sophisticated
attack campaigns (http://youtu.be/y0i5yQ_rJUY)

Slideshare Presentation:

Blog: http://blog.radware.com/security/

About the Radware Emergency Response Team (ERT)

Radware's ERT is a group of dedicated security consultants who are available
around the clock. As literal "first responders" to cyber attacks, Radware's
ERT members gained their extensive experience by successfully dealing with
some of the industry's most notable hacking episodes, providing the knowledge
and expertise to mitigate the kind of attack a business's security team may
never have handled. Through the report, the ERT reveals how their
in-the-trenches experiences fighting cyber attacks provide deeper forensic
analysis than surveys alone or academic research.

About the 2012 Global Network & Application Security Report

Radware's annual Global Application & Network Security Report provides insight
into network security trends with a specific focus on DoS/DDoS attacks.
Intended for the entire security community, this research is designed to
deliver a comprehensive and objective summary of network security events and
DoS / DDoS attacks that took place in 2012, with an analysis of attack types,
trends and mitigation technologies. Altogether, the report draws its
information from 274 organizations from two sources: Radware's Industry
Security Review and key security cases from Radware's Emergency Response Team.

About Radware

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