When a business experiences a DDoS attack, it places stress on the systems and people responsible for maintaining them, as well as causing damage to the business. When a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack happens, a malicious actor attempts to make an entire network go down. Website, email, voicemail, or anything accessed by the server under attack will be inaccessible to users. The ultimate goal of the attack is to make the system unavailable to the users that depend on the system. Over time, DDoS attacks have changed and intensified. As malicious actors become more sophisticated, attacks become more destructive. To understand how attacks have changed between 2011 and 2012, review the infographic below. The graphic makes some interesting comparisons: Note the increase of DDoS attacks between 2011 and 2012. Also note the increase in infrastructure DDoS attacks between 2011 and 2012. Finally, note that the average bits per second (bandwidth) and average packets per second during attacks increased in huge amounts. Click Thumbnail to Enlarge The infographic was created by the marketing and design team of one of the global leaders in DDoS protection and mitigation.