From The Experts at CNA: Facing the Hard Truth about Cyberattacks

CHICAGO, Oct. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A massive cyberattack rendered popular websites like Amazon, Twitter, Netflix and Spotify unreachable most of the day on Friday, Oct. 21. Cyberattacks continue to impose very real and growing threat to the way we interact, shop, access information, conduct business and everything in between. John McQuillen, Risk Control Consulting Director for Manufacturing at CNA, and an author in CNA's From the Experts blog series, gives his perspective on Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) re-emerging as a threat to information security and business continuity.

"DDoS attacks are becoming a preferred method of choice for hackers because these cyberattacks require less effort by threat actors, compared to writing advanced malware and conducting long-term network penetration campaigns," McQuillen says. "The attacker profile is also expanding rapidly as nation-states, criminal organizations and hacker activist groups (called hacktivists) are also utilizing DDoS attacks against selected targets."

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