Distil Networks Partners with Online Trust Alliance (OTA) to Make Internet More Trustworthy

June 13, 2016 Stephen Singam

This morning, we announced the findings of a new study that evaluated how top websites performed when attacked by advanced, evasive, simple and crude bots. Our study was performed in conjunction with the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) Audit, which is the only comprehensive, independent online trust benchmark study that identifies responsible privacy and data security practices and recognizes leaders in the public and private sectors.

According to our recent The 2016 Bad Bot Report, Advanced Persistent Bots (APBs) are on the rise, and they made up 88 percent of malicious bot traffic last year. However, when we presented the 1,000 websites included in the OTA Audit with APB attacks, nearly every website failed.

APBs can mimic human behavior, load JavaScript and external assets, tamper with cookies, perform browser automation, and spoof IP addresses and user agents. They evade detection with tactics like dynamic IP rotation from huge pools of IP addresses, use of Tor networks and peer to peer proxies to obfuscate their origins, and implement distributed attacks over hundreds of thousands of IP addresses.

APB architects have taken note of traditional bot detection techniques and are finding new sophisticated ways to invade websites and API endpoints in an effort to take advantage of critical assets and impact a business' bottom line. Our study shows that websites aren’t keeping up and 97% aren’t effectively able to combat APBs.

To minimize APBs risk, enterprises must utilize real time analysis of APBs via fingerprintings, honeypottings, machine learning and behavioral modeling to augment their current risk mitigation solutions such as DDoS appliances and Web Application Firewalls. A comprehensive APB mitigation solution is critical to assure the highest level of online trust is maintained.

For more on the study, please reference our press release: http://resources.distilnetworks.com/h/i/262704264-new-data-from-distil-networks-and-online-trust-alliance-reveals-97-percent-of-top-websites-can-not-combat-advanced-bots

About the Author

Stephen Singam

Stephen Singam is Managing Director of Security Research at Distil Networks. He's a veteran Information Security & Technology Management professional with extensive experience in the Financial Services, Healthcare, Media & Entertainment and Cybersecurity Consulting industries, having held senior cybersecurity positions at Hewlett Packard (Asia Pacific & Japan), Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Sydney), 20th Century Fox/News Corporation (Los Angeles), Salesforce.com (San Francisco), IBM Corp (New York City & Singapore) and Nokia (Helsinki, Finland).

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