Data Science Security Report | Spring 2017

Cybersecurity has gone mainstream. DDoS attacks, data breaches, and ransomware continue to dominate the headlines as new cyberthreats emerge every day, with different methods and attack variants being introduced.

As the DNS supplier to CSPs serving many of the world’s internet subscribers, Nominum — now part of Akamai — analyzes over 100 billion DNS queries every day, discovering patterns and anomalies, and updating real-time threat lists to keep our networks, businesses, and consumers safe. Our latest report sheds light on the dramatic increase in various cyberthreats and explains the Cyberattack Ladder, a framework that looks at cybercrime from a criminal’s perspective and breaks down the various stages of an attack.

This report includes findings from a six-month period, such as:

  • No longer relegated to email, social and texts are increasing, with the average phishing attack length being 1.5 days
  • PRSD attacks grew 68% in first three months of 2017
  • Ransomware queries grew 270% between Fall 2016 and Spring 2017