US Government Botnet Report Warns about Lack of Security Tool Use

May 31, 2018

Botnets and automated distributed threats have been a growing problem in recent years. In a report to the president that was publicly released on May 30, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security detailed the status of botnet threats and provided direction on how to improve resiliency.

The 51-page report comes a year after President Trump issued an executive order on strengthening the cyber-security of federal networks and critical infrastructure. As part of that order, there was a mandate to determine the risk and resiliency to U.S. infrastructure from botnets and automated distributed attacks. Among the key findings in the report is that existing tools to help improve defenses are not being used.

Reid Tatoris, vice president of product marketing and outreach at Distil Networks, agrees with the report's finding that tools exist that aren't being utilized. He added, however, that there is also a gap in the way that some organizations think about the problem of automated distributed attacks.
"Most people think about putting a solution in place to stop bot attacks, but advanced attackers constantly shift their attack vectors and methods," Tatoris told eWEEK. "The mindset should be more focused on how to respond to ongoing threats, which means putting a flexible system in place that can stop current attacks and also detect and respond to new threats that evolve over time."

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