The New DDoS Tactics

Michael Smith, CSIRT Director, Akamai Technologies
The New DDoS Tactics

DDoS attacks on banks are back. But the latest incidents are different - and so are institutions' responses. Michael Smith of Akamai discusses lessons we've learned from recent attacks.

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The good news, says Smith, who has tracked these distributed-denial-of-service attacks since they began in the fall of 2012, is that banking institutions are getting better at fending off the attackers.

The bad news is: the hacktivists are taking notes and learning their own lessons from DDoS defenses.

In a video interview on lessons learned from the DDoS waves, Smith discusses:

  • The latest DDoS tactics;
  • How banks are responding effectively;
  • How non-banking organizations should prepare for DDoS.

Smith serves as Akamai's CSIRT Director and is responsible for leading a team of web security incident responders and researchers that study the tactics, techniques, and procedures of web attackers and apply that knowledge to help protect Akamai customers during events such as Distributed Denial of Service. Prior to his current role, Smith served as Akamai's Security Evangelist and as the customer-facing ambassador for the Information Security Team, helping customers to understand both the internal security program and the unique security features and capabilities of the Akamai product portfolio and cloud-based solutions.

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Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.

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