A recent quarterly report focused on distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks found that security researchers working to detect and blunt cyber attacks are now the number one target for DDoS attack.
The report from NexusGuard should not come as a surprise. For the industry these researchers are in, the number one priority is the need to manage their brand and credibility as they cannot afford to be hacked. And while we do not know for sure, we would expect these researchers, as DDoS prevention experts, to be fully aware of their risk profiles and implement the correct strategies to protect themselves. This also puts them in a unique position where they could use their experience to develop and share risk profiles with the DDoS prevention community.
It also illustrates how no one is safe and that preventing attacks such as DDoS should be addressed as part of an organizations Digital Risk Management (DRM) strategy. Becoming attuned to and focusing on your risk profile is the first step on the journey to digital risk management for your organization.
Digital risk management provides a practical, analytical discipline for managing digital risk from a business perspective, by enabling business and technology leaders and their security partners to collaborate on business aligned decisions.
While IT management focuses on securing networks, systems and devices, DRM strategies are developed by executive officers and board members who are focused on the cost of digital attacks to the business measured in terms that include lost opportunity, impact to revenue, corporate reputation and good will, fines levied on board of directors and executives, and more.