More than 8.4 million DDoS Attacks Targeted IT Infrastructures, Cloud, Mobile Networks & IoT Devices in 2019

Security Magazine | February 18, 2020

NETSCOUT Threat Intelligence saw 8.4 million Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks last year alone: 23,000 attacks per day, 16 every minute. DDoS attacks have grown in frequency each year for the past five years, while attackers continue to unleash increasingly sophisticated attacks, says Richard Hummel, Threat Intelligence Manager, NETSCOUT. NETSCOUT, in its Threat Intelligence Report, found customer-facing services and applications were targets of DDoS attacks at two-thirds of enterprises. Customers can act as conduits for attacks: adversaries deployed a novel technique that used attacks on client services to access core services at well-protected targets. APT groups are bumping up mobile malware use, while DDoS attacks on mobile networks jumped 64 percent in the second half of 2019. Cyber criminals widely weaponized seven new or increasingly popular DDoS attack vectors in 2019 while adding new techniques to existing methods.

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Mavenir | January 11, 2022

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MAVedge comprises Mavenir’s leading edge Open vRAN and 5G Packet Core solutions to drive the next generation digital transformation of this Smart City project, and to provide advanced 5G mobile connectivity to the local Sunderland community. MAVedge enables secure private networks to be distributed at the edge and powers a digital marketplace of applications and devices to create an efficient environment for diverse use cases for the enterprise and industry. The 5G Open vRAN and 5G Packet Core solutions are designed with cloud-native virtualisation techniques providing a fully scalable and virtualised network architecture with open standard interfaces. The Open RAN platform provides BAI Communications the option of deploying radio units from different vendors. The solution uses software running on commercial off the shelf (COTS) hardware that provides cost effectiveness, flexibility and agility, whilst delivering one architecture as a baseline for many different use cases. 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Supermicro | February 18, 2022

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