We will not be denied.
As the name would imply, the Denial of Service pattern covers all of those attacks that try to keep you from streaming your next episode of “Below Deck,” watching your next TikTok movie or loading your timeline on Twitter.43 Sadly, all of this can obviously add up to the nuisance of having to acknowledge the real world and the people around us. We can all agree that would be terrible indeed.
However, as some of our readers may know, organizations still actually need the internet to be up and running in order to conduct business. Every year, DoS shows up as a huge volume of Incidents in our datasets, stemming from several different mitigation service partners, including Verizon’s own. They are all doing an excellent job in preventing those Incidents from having any significant impact on organizations. In that light, even though the Denial of Service pattern has consistently taken the top spot in Incidents for the last several years (Figure 44), there is really not a lot of nuance to be discussed here, apart from our usual suggestion to invest in some sort of mitigation service if you care about the continued availability of your network presence on the internet. This is not due to a lack of nuance in the DDoS dataset overall but more a reflection of a lack of the typical details that we traditionally analyze such as Actors, Assets and Attributes.
Even so, it didn’t feel right to deny our readers a Denial of Service section, as there are still important trends and information that are necessary to be reviewed. It’s important to realize they’re still there, even if you can easily solve them. Also, it is a respite to not have to write about Ransomware for a couple of pages.