Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks grew 150% globally according to a Radware threat analysis report. In 2022, DDoS attack profiles were redefined by gains in number, frequency, volume, power, duration and complexity.

Globally, organizations mitigated an average of 29.3 attacks per day during the fourth quarter of 2022, 3.5 times more compared to 8.4 attacks per day at the end of 2021. Attacks in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) grew even faster than the global average and outpaced both the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region (APAC). Organizations in EMEA averaged 45 attacks per day in the fourth quarter of 2022, four-times more compared to 11.3 attacks per day during the same period in 2021.

Last year, attack volumes in the Americas outpaced global volumes, growing 110% compared to 2021. While EMEA topped the Americas in frequency of attacks, it saw total attack volume decline in 2022, decreasing by 44% compared to the previous year.

On a global basis, finance was the most attacked industry in 2022, with 53% of the overall attack activity, followed by technology (20%) and healthcare (11%).

The most attacked web application industries were retail and wholesale trade (25%), followed by high-tech (20%) and carriers (15%), together accounting for 60% of blocked web application attacks.

Radware’s complete 2022 Global Threat Analysis Report can be downloaded here.