Could greater collective action more effectively reduce the threats posed by DDoS - and distributed threats more broadly?
The flaws in the internet itself and the resultant threats posed by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks continue to pose a risk to both industry and government, and with the advent of the "Internet of Things", the profusion of unsecured devices has given terabytes of firepower to just about anyone with a grievance or looking to make a dollar via DDoS attacks. Hard-working and effective communities exist to combat these threats, and to supplement those efforts, Tech4GS works with an informal anti-DDoS coalition on potentially additional tool against these growing online threats.
Our effort has been underpinned by a generous grant from the Hewlett Foundation, and dovetails with the U.S. government's emphasis on combating botnets - directed by Executive Order 13800: Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.
We conducted our investigatory phase over the course of 2017-2018, while also supporting those working at DHS, NIST, and NTIA to respond to the EO, as well as with an array of industry, academic, and think tanks. We kicked off a series of formal and informal workshops on these issues in September 2017, hosted by the Hoover Institution DC, with a follow-on formal workshop at the Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park in November 2017, buttressed by a number of additional coordination activities in early 2018 conducted also under Chatham House rules.
Our intent from the outset was to not only help identify industry best practices and clear incentives for industry, but to help actually delineate a clear path for action over the coming months and years. This isn't a new problem set - but we did find that it demands novel solutions that many who have been working on this problem set for decades feel could be more earnestly pursued.
As noted, our process worked in parallel while the USG finalized their report - released on May 30, 2018. Going forward we will work closely with those in industry and in government around the world who are already doing an immense amount everyday to combat these threats, while also working to support the development and implementation of a roadmap with the USG.