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Upskill & Outsmart DDoS AttacksUpskill & Outsmart DDoS Attacks

Arbor Networks' Gary Sockrider examines proactive countermeasures to DDoS attacks at Upskill U.

Kelsey Kusterer Ziser

October 25, 2016

3 Min Read
Upskill & Outsmart DDoS Attacks

DDoS attacks have rapidly increased in recent years. Just last Friday an attack interrupted service to major websites like Twitter, Spotify, Reddit and HBO Now for the majority of the day.

Between Q2 2015 and Q2 2016, DDoS attacks increased 129%, according to Akamai's Q2 2016 State of the Internet Security Report. In addition, the industries most frequently targeted by DDoS attacks are the online gaming industry, which was targeted in 57% of DDos attacks in Q2 2016, and the software and technology industries, which were affected by 26% of attacks. (See Q2 2016 State of the Internet/Security Report and Attacks Have Major Internet Sites on the Ropes.)

About the Author(s)

Kelsey Kusterer Ziser


Kelsey Kusterer Ziser studied journalism and mass communication with a second major of Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but her interest in the telecom world started with a PR position at Connect2 Communications where she worked with a variety of clients focused on communications network infrastructure, including switches, routers, SBCs, data center equipment and systems. There, she witnessed the growing influence of fiber in the industry, as packet optical service delivery platforms transformed network performance and scale.

Her drive for communicating the impact of new technology translated into a communications position at the FREEDM Systems Center, a smart grid research lab at N.C. State University. While at FREEDM, Kelsey orchestrated the center’s webinar program which crossed multiple college campuses and covered research projects like cyber security in the smart grid, the center's smart solid-state transformer, fault isolation devices and distributed energy storage devices. She most recently worked in marketing at a healthcare company and is excited to take on the role of editor for Light Reading's Upskill U website.

Outside the office, she can be found riding her aging Raleigh-brand road bike or dodging snakes on runs through the local Raleigh, N.C., greenways. A glass half-full gal, Kelsey is grateful for the sunning reptiles because they motivate her to improve her timed miles.

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