From Natural Disasters to Cyberattacks: A 5-Step IT Resilience Plan

Puneet Kumar
CTO at Dynatech India

With external disruptions becoming increasingly common, prioritizing IT resilience is not merely a strategic move but a necessity for business survival and growth. From natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods to cyberattacks that can cripple an entire IT infrastructure, the threats are real and ever-present. Thus, it is paramount for businesses to have a plan in place to ensure the continuity of their IT operations in the face of such disruptions.

Unexpected DDoS attacks serve as a stark reminder of the cyber threats lurking in the digital realm. For instance, a new Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack technique targeting the HTTP/2 protocol emerged in September 2023, impacting internet exposed HTTP/2 endpoints. The DDoS threat landscape continued to evolve with an alarming escalation in attack sophistication, as seen in the exploitation of Mitel vulnerabilities. Moreover, Cloudflare detected unusually large HTTP attacks peaking at 200+ million requests per second in August 20233. Notably, a major DDoS attack aimed at a US bank peaked at 55+ million packets per second in September 2023, emphasizing the dire possible financial consequences such attacks may have.

The attack on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in November last year exposed around 40 million patient data, illustrating the broad spectrum of cyber threats faced by public and private entities alike.

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