The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region experiences more than half of the world’s distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

This is according to a new report by F5 Labs’ Poland-based Security Operations Center (SOC).

It found there was a 64 per cent rise in DDoS attacks in the last year, as well as new tactics from cyber criminals. More than 51 per cent of these attacks were targeted at companies based in EMEA countries, according to the report.

In addition, F5 Labs said some 66 per cent featured multiple attack vectors, which required sophisticated tools and knowledge in order to mitigate the damage caused.

The company found that EMEA-based customers reported 100 per cent growth in deploying web application firewall technology in the past year. Meanwhile, the adoption of anti-DDoS technology rose by 58 per cent in the region.

Kamil Wozniak, F5 Labs SOC manager, said: “DDoS threats are on the rise in EMEA and we’re seeing notable changes in their scope and sophistication compared with 2016.

“Businesses need to be aware of the shift and ensure, as a matter of priority, that the right solutions are in place to halt DDoS attacks before they reach applications and adversely impact on business operations. EMEA is clearly a hotspot for attacks on a global scale, so there is minimal scope for the region’s decision-makers to take their eyes off the ball.”

He added that attack vectors and tactics will only continue to evolve in the EMEA region. This is why, according to Mr Wozniak, it is “vital” that companies put in place the right solutions and services to safeguard their apps.

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