According to a survey, the amount of DDoS attacks decreased by 29% in the first quarter of 2021 relative to the same time of 2020 but rose by 47% in the fourth quarter of 2020.
However, this increase can be clarified by an outlier in January, which accounted for 43% of all attacks during the period, whereas the other two months stayed relatively quiet, according to Kaspersky DDoS Prevention.
“While a decrease in DDoS attacks is undoubtedly beneficial for businesses, it should not be seen as a sign that they should relax their protection efforts,” Chris Connell, Managing Director, Kaspersky (APAC), said in a statement.
“While DDoS attacks remain a serious challenge to companies, especially in APAC, increased corporate knowledge combined with improvements to Internet protection tools will help reduce the sheer volume of attacks,” Connell continued.
At the start of 2021, more people continued to operate remotely and enjoy their free time at home.
As a result, cybercriminals targeted companies whose consumers depend on most, such as broadband networks, causing their clients to have problems with their internet access or online gaming platforms.
Despite the continued focus on certain services, figures indicate that the overall DDoS condition is stabilizing.
Kaspersky analysts attribute the decline in attacks relative to the same quarter last year to unusual behavior at the start of 2020.
Due to the sudden increase in remote jobs, corporate VPN gateways and network services such as email or corporate knowledge bases that were formerly only accessible inside an organization were targets for DDoS attacks.
Businesses mostly enforced security for these components of IT networks last year, the study said.
As a result, attacks on these web assets could have been less successful, resulting in a decrease in the amount of DDoS attacks. Thus, by February and March 2021, the number of assaults had returned to levels seen prior to the lockout.