Government Organizations Faced 1,800% Increase in DDoS Attacks in 2021

The primary goal of any government is to secure its physical borders, but there is now a digital border that needs to be secured as well because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up preventing cyber attacks from occurring. Most governments are struggling to handle the innumerable cyber attacks that are being directed towards them, and 2021 may have been the worst year yet because attacks targeting governments increased by 1,800% according to Radware and Atlas VPN.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that DDoS attacks actually decreased by 70%, so last year saw only a third of the total number of attacks. In spite of the fact that this is the case, government organizations saw attacks targeting them increasing by around 1,881%, which indicates that malicious actors have started to focus on them with all things having been considered and taken into account.

However, another thing that people should glean from the report that Atlas recently put out is that the government sector did not see the highest increase out of all. That dubious honor belongs to the retail sector, which saw an incredible 6,288% increase in DDoS attacks in 2021 alone. This indicates that malicious actors and cybercriminals are getting smarter, and that they have identified the targets that are most profitable for them so that they focus on them in the future.

There is a strong chance that both government organizations as well as retail companies will continue to be beset by countless DDoS attacks that would make them lose precious data and throw a wrench into their operations. While retail organizations face a larger threat, government organizations have more at stake because of national security reasons. Hence, they need to start implementing basic cyber security protocols which many of them still fail to do, and taking this crucial first step will likely reduce overall cyber attacks by a relatively large margin although threat actors are likely going to step their game up if such steps are taken.

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