Cisco projects fresh 17m DDoS attacks in five years

ddos• Smartphones to generate 60% IP traffic
With the growing dependence on mobile and fixed broadband networks, security concerns are increasingly becoming top of mind for service providers, governments, businesses and consumers.

This formed part of the revelations contained in the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI), which also projected that African Internet Protocol (IP) Traffic will grow six-fold by 2020, amplifying Nigeria’s digitization journey.

The VNI predicted that Africa would undergo highest IP growth rate globally at 41 per cent.According to Cisco, which collaborated with Arbor Networks to help quantify the current and future threats of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, noted that the attack can paralyze networks by flooding servers and network devices with traffic from multiple IP sources.

Cisco, in the VNI, noted that the new DDoS analysis suggested that these types of breaches can represent up to 10 per cent of a country’s total Internet traffic while they are occurring.

It stressed that over the next five years, DDoS attacks are projected to increase from 6.6 million to 17 million attacks. Cisco added that these initial findings underscore the need for more comprehensive security measures to protect data and reduce network exposure to such risks.

General Manager for Cisco Nigeria, Olakunle Oloruntimehin, said: “the digital transformation is happening now for billions of consumers and businesses users across the globe. Innovation is imperative for Cisco and its service provider customers to deliver scalable, secure, high-quality services and experiences over all types of broadband network infrastructures.”

The index disclosed further that global digitization transformation, based on the adoption of personal devices and deployment of machine-to-machine (M2M) connections will have an even greater impact on traffic growth.

According to it, over the next five years, global IP networks will support up to 10 billion new devices and connections, increasing from 16.3 billion in 2015 to 26.3 billion by 2020, adding that by the same period, there would be approximately. 1, 5 networked devices per capita in 2020, 77 per cent of which will be mobile-connected.

The VNI equally disclosed that the advancements in the Internet of Things (IoT) are continuing to drive IP traffic and tangible growth in the market. Applications such as video surveillance, smart meters, digital health monitors and a host of other M2M services are creating new network requirements and incremental traffic increases.

It observed that globally, M2M connections are calculated to grow nearly three-fold from 4.9 billion in 2015 to 12.2 billion by 2020, representing nearly half (46 per cent) of total connected devices. Within Africa, M2M modules will account for 22 per cent of all networked devices by 2020.

Video services and content continue to be the dominant leader compared with all other applications. Internet video will account for 79 per cent of global Internet traffic by 2020—up from 63 per cent in 2015.

Accordingly, the world will reach three trillion Internet video minutes per month by 2020, which is five million years of video per month, or about one million video minutes every second. HD and Ultra HD Internet video will make up 82 per cent of Internet video traffic by 2020—up from 53 per cent in 2015.

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