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Preparing for the Holidays: Security Trends

Last time in our "Preparing for the Holidays" series, we focused on what you should know about mobile trends. And as promised, we're back at it with some more trends you should be aware of. This time, it's all about security. If security hasn't been top of mind in the past, it certainly is (or should be) now, given the number of high-profile breaches we've seen over the past several months. With that said, here's what you need to know:
Attacks are growing. And they're growing in every sense: in size, in frequency and in sophistication. In 2013, the largest DDoS attack came in at 190 Gbps; we've already seen a 320 Gbps attack in 2014. Attacks are also increasing in frequency, due to the growing ease with which attackers can find and employ attack tools or research application vulnerabilities. Just in terms of DDoS, the number of attacks increased by 33 percent from 2010 to 2011, 52 percent to 2012, and 47 percent to 2013. But attackers are moving beyond just DDoS, with more attacks focused on data and financial theft.

Why You Should Care

You are a target. Last holiday season, malicious traffic grew at more than twice the rate of legitimate traffic. And since any security controls have the potential of keeping out the good along with the bad, the stakes are particularly high during the holiday season.

As we recommended last time, make sure to examine the mechanisms your business employs already to defend itself against attacks. Maybe you already know that your security isn't up to par but aren't sure what to do about it. If you find that's the case, make sure to check back next week, when we'll share some specific tactics you can employ to stay secure.

Tell us: how have you previously prepared against attacks? Have you already begun your holiday preparations?

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