Today, institutions of higher education are seeing a greater frequency of Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. As digital teams work to develop and grow their institution’s web presence, there are foundational considerations that must be taken into account to ensure that universities maintain site security and top performance. End users, such as students, faculty, and alumni, have also come to expect that their information is secure and that the sites be accessible and performant. With all of these considerations in mind, universities must place a greater emphasis on developing secure and scalable digital platforms. Security and cloud infrastructures have become increasingly important in achieving these goals.
Higher education institutions are of unique interest, as security threats like these can have a major effect on a university’s ability to provide the proper services and resources to their stakeholders. The scope of information that is provided through the breadth of web properties that universities offer can have serious implications if inaccessible or compromised. For example, educational institutions have become responsible for providing secure payment portals and student identification information as a service to their user. While cloud security requirements have hardened to defend against compromising incidences, according to Akamai’s State of the Internet Q4 2016 report, DDoS attacks over 100 Gbps increased 140 percent year-over-year from Q4 2015, indicating that these trends are not going away anytime soon. In fact, malicious actors have been known to repeatedly attack their targets an average of 24 times.